This dataset corresponds to the zoning of Commonwealth Marine Parks managed by Parks Australia.
This metadata is a non-authoritative extract maintained for the eAtlas. See links for the original and full metadata.
Consistent with the Australian Government's commitment to develop a National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas,
networks of marine parks have been proclaimed for Commonwealth waters across the North, North-west, South-west, Temperate
East and Coral Sea Marine Regions. These networks build on previous marine protected area proclamations, including the
South-east Marine Parks Network declared in 2007. This data contains spatial and contextual information about Australian
Marine Parks proclaimed under the Commonwealth Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999,
which are managed by Parks Australia, with the addition of Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve, which is managed
by the Australian Antarctic Division http://www.heardisland.aq/protection-and-management/marine-reserve
It does not include data on marine protected areas in other Australian jurisdictions (e.g. the Great Barrier Reef Marine
Park, State/Territory marine parks), or terrestrial protected areas with marine components (e.g. Pulu Keeling National Park).
More information can be found at http://parksaustralia.gov.au/marine
Please note: This data (updated April 30th 2019) contains a technical amendment made on the basis of user feedback. Macquarie
Island is the only marine park affected by this amendment. The area calculation for Macquarie Island Marine Park has been
under reported by 483km2. This will affect statistical analyses that use the calculated area (KM2) as an input.
This is available in ESRI FileGDB, KML, MIF and Shapefile format.
Attributes include NetName (name of each network) ResName (name of each marine reserve), Zone (type of management zone
within each reserve), ZoneIUCN (the IUCN assigned to each zone) NatLegend (to apply symbology), PolygonID (unique ID applied
to each polygon area) and Area_km2 (area in square kms). The attributes should be considered authoritative.
This dataset is filed in the eAtlas enduring data repository at: data\non-custodian\2020-2024\AU_DAWE_Australian-Marine-Parks_2019
Australian Marine Parks have been created in accordance with the Australian Government's 'Goals and Principles for the Establishment
of the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas in Commonwealth Waters'. Boundaries of the areas are based
on analysis done by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of key environmental and socio-economic data.
The lines that make up the reserve boundaries were created/sourced from:
- parallels and meridians were generated in ArcGIS and then densified to 0.05 decimal degrees (approx. 5km) prior to incorporation
with other linework.
- intermediate points along geodesic lines (note that, geodesic lines are the shortest line between points, they are not
lines of constant bearing) were generated. A maximum segment length of 5km was used, which for this data ensures geodesic
lines are within 1 metre of their true position.
- maritime boundaries were sourced from AMB 2014a v3.0 (Geoscience Australia).
For each Australian Marine Park, appropriate linework was generated/selected and then constructed in ArcGIS to form polygons.