Rocky reefs form an important habitat on the continental shelf and one subject to disproportionate fishing pressure given
the high productivity of this habitat relative to adjacent sandy seabed. Despite this, little is known of the extent and
nature of these systems beyond their value to the fishing industry. This project collated all known mapping data from government
and industry (including data acquired during CERF and NERP Hubs) to provide an updated map of this key habitat around Australia.
A geomorphological classification system is also being developed for these reefs, and associated cross-shelf habitats with
the aim of it being accepted and adopted nationally, and it is being tested and refined for biological applicability.
This record describes the national habitat map data product generated from multiple datasets collated as part of NESP MBH
Project D3. The individual habitat mapping datasets collected as part of the data collation process have also been published
and are linked to this record.