Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve

The Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve is located offshore from NW Australia (see map) in Australia's northern network of marine protected areas.  A management plan for this area is currently under development.  This area is vast (~71,745 square km).  View the interactive maps below to learn more about this region.

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17 May 2017

Environment Australia is tasked with managing the networks of Commonwealth Marine Reserves (

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12 December 2016

Environment Australia is tasked with managing the networks of Commonwealth Marine Reserves (

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30 September 2016

Water flowing along the sediments (mud, sand, gravel, rocks) that make up the ocean floor can move them (sediment transport) giv

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30 September 2016

The topography of the seafloor can play a major role in determining what types and abundance of organisms can survive there as it controls wa

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30 September 2016

Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness of water caused by suspended particles (so small that they are usu

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30 September 2016

Much of life on earth ultimately depends on the capture of energy from the sun and its translation into energy via photosynthesis.

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30 September 2016

Use the interactive map below to see the relative distance of the Oceanic Shoals CMR from

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30 September 2016

Geomorphology is a major driver of the type and abundance of organisms living on and near the sea floor.

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30 September 2016

Sea surface temperature is the measure of how hot or corld the water in the ocean is at a given time and place.

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30 September 2016

Salinity is the measure of how much salt is in the ocean at a given time and place (

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30 September 2016

The Integrated Marine and Coastal Regionalisation of Australia (IMCRA v4.0) classified Australia's marine environment into ecologically relev

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30 September 2016

Coral reefs support a diverse array of life, including hard and

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29 September 2016

Australia’s marine industries are worth more than $50 billion a year.

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29 September 2016

Seismic surveys have been used extensively in Australia by

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29 September 2016

Surprisingly common across the world's oceans, bioluminescence (watch a v

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29 September 2016

The RV Southern Surveyor was a 66.1 m research vessel operated by the Australian Commonwea

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29 September 2016

The RV Southern Surveyor was a 66.1 m research vessel operated by the Australian Commonwea

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29 September 2016

The RV Southern Surveyor was a 66.1 m research vessel operated by the Australian Commonwea

Published on
29 September 2016

The RV Southern Surveyor was a 66.1 m research vessel operated by the Australian Commonwea

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