Ecosystem Reference
Ecosystem South West Australian Shelf
Type Sea/Bay/Gulf
Salinity saltwater
Other Names SAU name: South West Australian Shelf. Southwest Australian Shelf (LME 2008)
LME SAU No 43. LME2002, LME2006, SAU 2008. 32° S 45° S - 115° E 131° E
Location Map South_West_Australian_Shelf.png
Size Ref
River Length Area 1016576 km2 Drainage Area
Average Depth Max Depth Ref
Surface 15.0 °C Map171.gif
100 Meters Depth 13.0 °C Map172.gif
Description The South West Australia Large Marine Ecosystem extends from the estuary of the Murray-Darling river to Australia’s southwest edge at Cape Leeuwin. It is characterized by a narrow shelf and it includes the Great Australian Bight. It borders the Southern Ocean and the western boundary currents flowing into the West Wind Drift, which circulates around the continent of Antarctica. Its climate is temperate. It borders the states of South Australia and Western Australia (
Comments on faunal list Area from SAU (November 2015).
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Species Families Species Families Reference
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