The Macquarie Island Marine Park features distinctive sub-Antarctic organisms and protects tracts of the wild Southern Ocean to provide migration, feeding and breeding sites for seals, whales, penguins and seabirds. The remoteness and rare geomorphological formations within the marine park have resulted in valuable and globally significant marine and terrestrial features, habitats and species.

The park is located about 1500 kilometres south-east of Tasmania and adjacent to the Macquarie Island Nature Reserve. It covers 475,465 square kilometres, and has Habitat Protection and Multiple Use zones.Parks Australia

Macquarie Island ranges from 86 to more than 6,000 metres depth, with an average depth of 4,184 metres. The majority of the Park (61%) falls within the abyssal zone (4,000-6,000 metres). [View on map] The mapped areas of the seafloor are dominated by Plane (48%) and Slope (22%) geomorphology. [View on map]

Read more about the Macquarie Island State of Knowledge (Parks Australia).

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What's known about the Macquarie Island marine park?

The current state of research knowledge (bathymetry, physical and biological observations, seafloor habitat maps) for this region.
Habitat and bathymetry summaries last refreshed April 2024. Habitat observations are refreshed weekly from data providers.


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What's in the Macquarie Island marine park?

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