Deepwater corals and sponges (> 250 m)
Very poor,Poor,Good,Very good

Slow-growing fauna exposed to direct fishing impacts results in highly variable condition across depth ranges and between regions. Grades range from very poor in upper slope areas in the South-east marine region to very good in abyssal habitats.

Year(s): 
2016
3
Stable
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Adequate
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed

North and east regions in very good condition

Year(s): 
2011
3
Stable
Confidence (in grade): 
Limited
Confidence (in trend): 
Limited
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed
Evans K, Bax NJ, Smith DC (2016). Marine environment: Deepwater corals and sponges (> 250 m) . In: Australia state of the environment 2016, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra, https://soe.environment.gov.au/assessment-summary-component/marine-environment/deepwater-corals-and-sponges-250-m, DOI 10.4226/94/58b657ea7c296