The new Jervis Commonwealth Marine Reserve covers an area of more than 2 400 km2. A management plan will be prepared for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network and will cover all eight new reserves.
Transitional management arrangements apply until a management plan for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network is in place.
|Name||Jervis Commonwealth Marine Reserve|
|Depth range||120–5000 m (approx.)|
|Types of zoning||
Multiple Use Zone (IUCN Category VI)–1965 km2
Major conservation values
- Some canyons incise the mid-slope at depths of 1500-3500 metres and some extend to a depth of 5000 metres
- Seafloor features represented in the reserve include abyssal-plain/deep ocean floor, canyons, shelf, and slope
- Examples of the ecosystems of the Central Eastern Province, the Southeast Shelf Transition and the Batemans Shelf meso-scale bioregion
- Includes two key ecological features:
- one of three shelf-incising canyons occurring in the region (unique sea-floor feature with ecological properties of regional significance)
- shelf rocky reefs (unique sea-floor feature with ecological properties of regional significance)