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Commonwealth Fisheries 2006

Note: This metadata describes the dataset in accordance with the ANZLIC (Australia New Zealand Land Information Council) Core Metadata Guidelines Version 2.


Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703008948

Title: Commonwealth Fisheries 2006


Custodian

Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia


Description

Abstract:

Commonwealth Fisheries 2006 is a digital representation of the limits of all Commonwealth Fisheries around Australia and its External Territories (except for the Australian Antarctic Territory), as set out in the Fisheries Management Regulations 1992 and/or relevant Management Plans administered by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).

In the event of a discrepancy between the digital data and the Management Regulations or Management Plans, the Management Regulations or Management Plans take precedence.

See www.afma.gov.au/fisheries for further information.

ANZLIC search words:

  • BOUNDARIES Administrative
  • FISHERIES
  • MARINE

Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: ASHMORE REEF AND CARTIER REEF - ACR - General Test - Australia

Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA EXCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUS - Australia - Australia

Geographic extent name: ASHMORE REEF AND CARTIER REEF - ACR - External Territories - Australia

Geographic extent name: NORFOLK ISLAND - NOI - External Territories - Australia

Geographic extent name: CORAL SEA ISLANDS TERRITORY - CSI - External Territories - Australia

Geographic extent name: TERRITORY OF HEARD AND MCDONALD ISLANDS - HMI - External Territories - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: -50 55, -140 55, -140 -60, -50 -60, -50 55,

Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate) See GEN Register

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: 55 °
South bounding latitude: -60 °
East bounding longitude: -140 °
West bounding longitude: -50 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 2006-01-01

Ending date: 2006-06-09


Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Access

Stored data format:
DIGITAL - ArcGIS-coverage ArcInfo coverage Geographic WGS84
DIGITAL - shp ArcView shape file ArcView Geographic WGS84
Available format type:
DIGITAL - shp ArcView shape file ArcView Geographic WGS84
DIGITAL - ArcGIS-coverage ArcInfo coverage Geographic WGS84

Access constraints:

The data are subject to Copyright. Data files may be downloaded from Geoscience Australia's website at www.ga.gov.au/download/. A licence agreement is required.

Free Data Download

Data quality

Lineage:

Descriptions of Commonwealth Fisheries boundaries, found in the Fisheries Management Regulations 1992 and/or relevant Management Plans, were interpreted and digitised into a Geographic Information System (GIS), and subsequently attributed. Where national maritime limits formed part of these boundaries, current AMB V2.0 data was directly extracted and appended into the coverages. Where fisheries included coastline or low water information, GEODATA Coast 100K coastline data was used as it provided a nationally consistent dataset; was of the right level of detail for the project (eg closed river mouths); and, resulted in a manageable file size for distribution. Any intersections between boundary lines were rigorously calculated using specialised geodetic software.

In the event of a discrepancy between the digital data and the Management Regulations or Management Plans, the Management Regulations or Management Plans take precedence.

Positional accuracy:

The positional accuracy of the data is affected by three main issues:

- The precision of the coordinates shown in legislation: Generally coordinates are only stated to the nearest minute of arc in the Regulations and/or Management Plans. This is equivalent to a precision of approximately one nautical mile (or approximately +/- 900 metres). In some cases the boundary follows a Treaty line and the coordinates are stated to the same precision as recorded in the Treaty (usually to the nearest second of arc).

- The positional accuracy of the coastline data: The positional accuracy of the GEODATA Coast-100K data is stated as "Not more than 10% of well-defined points are in error by more than 80 metres; and in the worst case, a well defined point is out of position by 150 metres." It should also be noted that this data depicts mean high water rather than the low water mark which is the true boundary for many of the fisheries.

- Datum issues: The coordinates stated in the Regulations and/or Management Plans are generally referred to the AGD66 datum.

Attribute accuracy:

Fishery line and polygon features were attributed with descriptive information relating to the fishery as recommended by AFMA, as well as with a Quality Information pointer, and a Unique Feature Identifier (UFI). Line source feature code was kept as a separate attribute item.

Manual checks were used in ArcInfo to verify that 100% of all mandatory fields were filled and that there were no spelling errors.

Logical Consistency:

The GIS software ArcInfo was used to do a visual topological consistency checks to detect flaws in the spatial data structure and to flag them as errors. This check ensures that all classified polygons are closed, nodes are formed at the intersection of lines and that there is only one label within each polygon, etc. All coverages are built for polygons and free of artifacts

Completeness:

All current Commonwealth Fisheries have been represented in the GIS database. Internal fisheries and closure areas have not been included, except for closures within Heard and McDonald Islands Fishery and the East Coast Deepwater Trawl Sector. It is expected that the data set will be maintained and updated as changes occur.

The changing nature of Australia's coastline and hence the various national maritime boundaries may also influence changes to the fisheries data set.


Contact information

Contact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) (GA)
Contact position: Manager Client Services
Mail address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Mail address: GPO Box 378
Locality: Canberra
State: ACT
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2601
Telephone: 02 6249 9966
Facsimile: 02 6249 9960
Electronic mail address: sales@ga.gov.au

Metadata information

Metadata date: 2013-03-08


Additional metadata

Metadata reference XHTML: http://www.ga.gov.au/meta/ANZCW0703008948.html

Metadata reference XML: http://www.ga.gov.au/meta/ANZCW0703008948.xml

Commonwealth Fisheries 2006 release includes the following fisheries:

Antarctic:

- Heard and McDonald Island Fishery

- Macquarie Island Fishery

Coral Sea and External Territories:

- Coral Sea Fishery

- Norfolk Island Offshore Demersal Finfish Fishery

Northern Trawl:

- Northern Prawn Fishery

- North-West Slope Trawl Fishery

- Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery

Scalefish and Shark:

- Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESS)

- SESS Commonwealth Gillnet Sector / Commonwealth Shark Hook Sector

- SESS Commonwealth Scalefish Hook Sector

- SESS Commonwealth Trawl Sector

- SESS East Coast Deepwater Trawl Sector

- SESS East Coast Deepwater Trawl Exclusion Zone

- SESS Great Australian Bight Trawl Sector

- SESS Gemfish Eastern Zone

- SESS Gemfish Western Zone

- SESS South Australian Coastal Waters Sector

- SESS Tasmanian Coastal Waters Sector

- SESS Tasmanian Rock Lobster Sector

- SESS Victorian Coastal Waters Sector

- SESS Orange Roughy Western Zone

- SESS Orange Roughy Eastern Zone

- SESS Orange Roughy Southern Zone

- SESS Orange Roughy Cascade Plateau Zone

- SESS North-Eastern Remote Zone

- SESS Southern Remote Zone

- SESS South Tasman Rise Zone

Scallop and Squid:

- Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery

- Southern Squid Jig Fishery

Small Pelagic:

- Small Pelagic Fishery

South Tasman Rise:

- South Tasman Rise Fishery

Torres Strait:

- Torres Strait Fishery (TSF)

- TSF Beche-de-mer Fishery

- TSF Crab Fishery

- TSF Dugong Fishery

- TSF Finfish Fishery

- TSF Prawn Fishery

- TSF Pearl Shell Fishery

- TSF Spanish Mackerel Fishery

- TSF Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery

- TSF Trochus Fishery

- TSF Turtle Fishery

Tuna and Billfish:

- Eastern Skipjack Fishery

- Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery

- Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery

- Southern Tuna and Billfish Fishery

- Western Skipjack Fishery

- Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery

Authors:Geoscience Australia
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