Talk:Great Australian Bight

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Ocean name(s)[edit]

Adelaidians (?) and Australians, perhaps unfortunately due to the common usage on Australian maps, no more "get to decide" the name of the oceans of the world than do the people of, say, Chile, who refuse to use "Pacific" and have their own name for it on all their maps. The group that does is the IHO (see the WP Southern Ocean article for references....the Adelaide article should not be cluttered with IHO references, I should think!) .

For good or bad (bad if you're a fan of Australian maps and terminology), they have decided that Australia is a continent sitting in the Indian Ocean, with the Pacific along its eastern side. They publish this with carefully delineated borders for these water bodies (see that mentioned in the WP Great Australian Bight article. So, certainly not for Australian use, but for a worldwide English enclopedia, its "Indian Ocean", not "Southern Ocean." The IHO very clearly ruled (after a vote of member nations) that the "Southern Ocean" stops at 60 degrees south, and north of that its the Indian Ocean. Not debatable, unless you want to try to overturn the worldwide and WP-wide acceptance of the IHO as the authority on these matters. Water bodies that Australia does not share with other nations are a different matter, of course. This is how world geographers (and the IHO) avoid having several names for various sides of various oceans. Having done the South Coast Track in Tasmania and looking southwest off the cliffs (an amazing place; huge old growth trees, remote beaches) and saying something to a local about the big Indian Ocean waves and getting an incredulous stare, I know this doesn't make sense locally.....But it's an international encyclopedia.DLinth 18:50, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

The article says: "The International Hydrographic Organization defines the Great Australian Bight as part of the southeastern Indian Ocean, with the following limits:[1]". I can't see any place in that document that specifies it as part of the Indian Ocean. Horatio (talk) 03:15, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes, it seems to imply that it is part of the South Pacific, but it's not very clear. But why do we need to mention the ocean at all? Why not stop all this hand-wringing and just say that it is a waterbody to the south of Australia? Bazonka (talk) 06:50, 30 May 2013 (UTC)
It's pure trivia. But it's interesting that such a simple question doesn't have a simple answer. It's the job of an encyclopedia to answer trivial questions, even if the answer is that "it depends." Horatio (talk) 09:07, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Layout problem[edit]

As an amateur I cannot cleanup this page but the photo entitled "The Great Australian Bight south of the Nullarbor. Credit Jacques Descloitres, Visible Earth, NASA." overlaps the text. It would be a minor improvement if this could be adjusted. Sorry that I can't do it myself. Rudimills (talk) 23:24, 21 February 2009 (UTC)

Conflicting Statments[edit]

I am a new account holder and have chosen the talk pages instead of the sand box. In the Natrual History section of this article the Great Australian Bite is described as a marine desert: "In consequence, the Great Australian Bight receives very little of the runoff that fertilises most continental shelves and is essentially a marine desert.". The next section in the article is Current conditions and states "Economically, the Bight has been exploited over many years as part of the fishing, whaling and shellfish industries. Bluefin tuna have been a favoured target of fishing in the Bight.". Which is correct? Maybe it should read that the continental shelf is concidered a marine deset due to ...very little runoff... A related web page presented and article dated April 15 2011; 'BP to search Great Austrailan Bight'. In that article Conservation Council of SA chief executive Tim Kelly said the Great Australian Bight had the greatest diversity of marine life anywhere in the world, with up to 90 per cent of the marine life found nowhere else.The Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association president Brian Jeffriess said "We want them to do the seismic surveys outside the period when the tuna are travelling through the Bight and resident there in summer.". — Preceding unsigned comment added by AU Yankee (talkcontribs) 11:55, 5 July 2011 (UTC)