Key Ecological Features

The Key Ecological Features (KEFs) are parts of the marine ecosystem that are considered to be of particular importance for either a region's biodiversity or its ecosystem function and integrity. This could relate to a species integral to a community (e.g. a predator that impacts a large biomass or number of species), an important habitat type (e.g. that supports high productivity or aggregations of nesting or breeding animals), or a unique seafloor feature that positively impacts the surrounding ecosystem (e.g. a deep canyon that stimulates upwellings of nutrient rich water).

Identifying these KEFs is important to improve our understanding of the marine environment and inform decision-making about future development and conservation.

Use the interactive map below to explore the Key Ecological Features in Australian waters. Click on any KEF to find out more about it.

How to use this map

Full extent icon Click on this icon at the top left of the map to see a full screen version and to see the legend.
Zoom Icon Click on this icon also at the top left of the map to zoom in closer to (+) or further from (-) the map.