Australia's marine regions

​​​​​The Water Quality Guidelines summarise high-level guidance on the management context, ecological descriptions, biological indicator selection and other advice for each of Australia’s marine regions.

We derived physical and chemical stressor default guideline values (DGVs) for marine water on a finer scale, using Integrated Marine and Coastal Regionalisation of Australia (IMCRA 4.0) mesoscale bioregions.

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Inclusion of Australia’s marine regions

The Australian Government’s marine bioregion planning process defined 5 marine regions for Australia’s marine and coastal environments based on the Interim Marine and Coastal Regionalisation of Australia (IMCRA 3.0).

A plan has been developed for each region that describes its marine environment and conservation values, sets out broad biodiversity objectives, identifies regional priorities and outlines strategies and actions to address these priorities.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority provides DGVs and guidance for the Great Barrier Marine Park.

References

Hale, J, Butcher, R, Collier, K & Snelder, T 2012, ANZECC/ARMCANZ Water Quality Guidelines Revision: Ecoregionalisation and Ecosystem Types in Australian and New Zealand Marine, Coastal and Inland Water Systems, report prepared for the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra.

SEWPaC 2012, Marine Bioregional Plan for the North Marine Region, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra.