Shelf (0–250 m)—demersal and benthopelagic fish species
Very poor,Poor,Good,Very good

Although most populations are improving, there are persistent, substantial effects on some populations

Year(s): 
2016
2
Improving
Confidence (in grade): 
Adequate
Confidence (in trend): 
Limited
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Somewhat comparable

Outer shelf (>50 m)—demersal and benthopelagic fish species

Condition improving in all regions except the north-west, where the condition is generally stable but the worst areas continue to decline

Year(s): 
2011
2
Improving
Confidence (in grade): 
Limited
Confidence (in trend): 
Limited
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed

Inner shelf —demersal fish species

South-east in good condition and improving

Year(s): 
2011
2
Improving
Confidence (in grade): 
Limited
Confidence (in trend): 
Limited
Comparability (to previous reports): 
Not assessed
Evans K, Bax NJ, Smith DC (2016). Marine environment: Shelf (0–250 m)—demersal and benthopelagic fish species . 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/shelf-0-250-m-demersal-and-benthopelagic-fish, DOI 10.4226/94/58b657ea7c296