Marine habitat mapping

Marine scientists and managers have developed a system of marine parks that encompasses the diverse range of biological communities in South Australian waters.

The only practical means of planning and assessing the effectiveness of these networks, and marine resource management in general, is collating biological information from various levels of the marine ecosystem and using it to learn about broad-scale, biogeographical and ecological processes.

Data for detailed habitat mapping are collected using various techniques such as multi-beam and sidescan acoustics, towed video and diver surveys.

Underwater video assessments of fish communities and reef surveys also provide detailed information about the character and condition of key habitat types.

Spatial variation in these communities is examined on a large scale and is used to plan, zone and monitor the effectiveness of marine parks.

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