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Surveys of Macrocystis pyrifera (giant kelp) on the East Coast of Tasmania, Australia (1954 1999)

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Mar 12, 2020 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Surveys were conducted as part of an assessment of the Macrocystis pyrifera beds on the east coast of Tasmania by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO) Division of Fisheries seaweed program in the early 1950's. Surveys were conducted because of interest in the Macrocystis beds as a source of alginates. Surveys were done between 1950 and mid 1953. The paper was published in 1954. In 1965, there was a survey of the extent of Macrocystis pyrifera beds in the vicinity of the Mercury Passage, east coast of Tasmania. The 1986 survey was used to establish stock levels. In 1999, aerial s surveys were conducted to establish Macrocystis bed boundaries.

The data has been downloaded from on March 2020 There are 5 datasets titled Macrocystis pyrifera survey.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 366 records.

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Occurrence; Observation


Who created the resource:

Seacare PO Box 878 7004 Sandy Bay Tasmania AU +61 (03)62233510

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Seacare PO Box 878 7004 Sandy Bay Tasmania AU +61 (03)62233510

Who filled in the metadata:

Seacare PO Box 878 7004 Sandy Bay Tasmania AU +61 (03)62233510

Who else was associated with the resource:

Dave Watts
OBIS Australia Node Manager
CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere PO Box 1538 7001 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 3 6232 5062

Geographic Coverage


Bounding Coordinates South West [-43.803, 145.327], North East [-40.48, 148.535]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Species  Macrocystis angustifolia (Giant kelp),  Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant kelp)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1954-01-01 / 1999-01-01

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers