New Lord Howe Commonwealth Marine Reserve

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Overview

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements

Until a management plan comes into effect transitional arrangements apply.

  • Under the transitional arrangements, there are NO CHANGES ON THE WATER for users of new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserves estate.
  • NOTE: There are no changes to management arrangements in the marine reserves that existed prior to the establishment of the new reserves, that is, the same restrictions on activities will continue to apply even where those reserves have been incorporated into new reserves.

The new Lord Howe Commonwealth Marine Reserve covers an area of more than 110 000 km2 and encompasses the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) and the former Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Marine National Nature Reserve. 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.

Overview of Lord Howe Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area

110 139 km2

Depth range

<15-6000 m (approx.)

Types of zoning
  • Marine National Park Zone (IUCN Category II) - 10 488 km2
  • Recreational Use Zone (IUCN Category IV) - 1170 km2
  • Habitat Protection Zone (Lord Howe) (IUCN Category IV) - 5136 km2
  • Habitat Protection Zone (IUCN Category IV) - 54 898 km2
  • Multiple Use Zone (IUCN Category VI) - 38 446 km2

Major conservation values

  • Biologically important areas for protected humpback whales and a number of migratory seabirds
  • A major seabird breeding area, with 14 species found on the islands including masked boobys, grey ternlets, red-tailed tropic birds, black-winged petrels and Kermadec petrels
  • Key location for the black cod
  • Due to the convergence of warmer tropical and cooler temperate waters in the area of the reserve, many species found there are at the northern or southern extent of their range
  • Examples of the ecosystems of the Lord Howe Province and the Tasman Basin Province provincial bioregions
  • Represents seafloor features including: basin, plateau, saddle, seamount/guyot and deep ocean valley
  • Includes three key ecological features:
    • the Lord Howe seamount chain (high productivity; aggregations of marine life; biodiversity and endemism).
    • Elizabeth and Middleton reefs (aggregations of marine life; biodiversity and endemism).
    • Tasman Front and eddy field (high productivity; aggregations of marine life; biodiversity and endemism)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements for areas within former reserves:
Until a management plan comes into effect there will be no changes to management arrangements for the area within the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters).

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

Information on transitional arrangements for areas of former reserves: