Fact sheet

File type: PDF

NESP Marine and Coastal Hub (2023). Identifying the un-mapped reefs of the northern Australian seascape. Project 3.17 Information sheet. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, Queensland.



There are hundreds of reefs and shoals in northern Australia’s coastal waters that support a vast array of marine creatures. Many remain unmapped as they are remote and difficult to see in the turbid, sediment rich waters typical of the region.

These un-mapped reefs can’t be considered for protection by planners when deciding how economic and other developments should proceed and be regulated.

This project addresses this problem by creating maps, and associated information, that show the location of the, as yet, unrecorded reefs, along with their habitat features.