Maps define offshore jurisdictions
14 September 2011
Oceanographers, scientific researchers, resource exploration companies, tourism operators and the public will now have a greater understanding of Australia’s maritime jurisdiction following the public release of 28 digital (PDF) maps of the Australian Maritime Jurisdiction.
The maps depict Australia’s Maritime Jurisdiction and include details of its extended continental shelf, which was confirmed in April 2008 by the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.
Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, the Hon. Martin Ferguson, AM MP, said the map series will be an invaluable aid for Australia’s offshore management, providing the international community with the opportunity to develop an understanding of Australia’s maritime jurisdiction.
“The maps detail the jurisdictional zones around the Australian mainland and those of Australia’s remote offshore territories, including the Australian Antarctic Territory, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Heard and McDonald Islands and Norfolk Island,” Mr Ferguson said.
“They cover relevant State and Territory coastal waters, Territorial Seas, exclusive economic zones, Australian fishing zones and the extended continental shelf,” he said.
“As well as details on Australia’s maritime jurisdiction, the maps show significant features such as bathymetry and reefs, a feature which will be particularly beneficial to tourism operators in areas such as Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia.”
“This series of maps adds to the wide variety of Geoscience Australia’s cartographic information used by decision makers, researchers, the exploration and mining industry and the public,” Mr Ferguson said.
The series of maps, which was developed in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, can be downloaded from the Geoscience Australia website.
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