Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve - Management

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements

Until a new management plan comes into effect there will be no changes to management arrangements for the renamed Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve.

  • Transitional arrangements involve NO CHANGE ON THE WATER for marine users.
  • If you hold an existing approval to undertake activities within the renamed Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve, you are able to continue to operate under the terms of your existing approval.
  • No additional administrative requirements apply.

Transitional management arrangements

Transitional arrangements for the area of the former Cartier Island Marine Reserve will maintain the level of protection afforded to these areas by the previous reserve management arrangements. These arrangements will remain in place until a new management plan is finalised for the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserve network.

Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), any activity in a marine reserve requires approval from the Director of National Parks in the period between proclamation of the reserves and the implementation of a management plan.

The approval from the Director of National Parks is issued under section 359B of the EPBC Act. Approval can be given to both individuals and to classes of persons, and can be issued with or without conditions on the approved activity. Below is the general approvals issued for the area of the former Cartier Island Marine Reserve.

Approvals

Activities allowed under general approvals

Approval of Commercial Activities, Scientific Research and Structures and Works within the Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve

In the Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve the following activities are allowed to be undertaken by existing approval holders:

  • Commercial tourism
  • Commercial media activities
  • Commercial image capture
  • Scientific research
  • Erecting structures, carrying out works and carrying on an excavation

No registration or application is required for existing approval holders. Existing approval holders must carry out activities in accordance with the conditions of the general approval. If you do not have an existing approval but wish to undertake one of these activities in the area of the Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve please contact the department.

Approval of commercial activities, scientific research and structures and works in the Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve (PDF - 280.22 KB)
Approval of commercial activities, scientific research and structures and works in the Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve (DOCX - 681.33 KB)

Determinations

The Director of National Parks has made determinations in relation to specific activities and how they are to be undertaken within the reserve.

Any other activities

All visitors to Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve require approval.

For further information please contact the Department.

Other approvals may also be required under Part 13 of the EPBC Act.

 

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Information for visitors

Ashmore Reef Nature Reserve and Cartier Island Marine Reserve - Information for Visitors describes the management arrangements for the renamed Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve and Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve and provides advice on how visitors, and other users of Ashmore and Cartier, should meet their obligations under the management arrangements.

 

Management plan

A management plan for the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network will be developed in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The plan will provide for the protection and conservation of each reserve by setting out how it will be managed, what activities will be allowed or prohibited and how this will be done. The management plan will address key aspects of management over the life of the plan (10 years).

Former management plan

The former management plan for the Cartier Island Marine Reserve expired on 25 June 2009. Transitional arrangements apply until a new management plan for the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network comes into effect.

Contact

Parks Australia
Department of the Environment
Edgar Waite Building
203 Channel Highway
Kingston TAS 7050
or
Email: marinereserves@environment.gov.au
Phone: 1800 069 352