Former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters)

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The former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) has been included within the larger new Lord Howe Commonwealth Marine Reserve. Transitional management arrangements apply until a management plan for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network is in place.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements for areas within former reserves:
Until a new management plans 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.

Summary of former reserve

Original proclamation date 21 June 2000 - now included within the new Lord Howe Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 3 005 km2
Types of zoning
  • Former Sanctuary Zone (IUCN Category Ia) - 962 km2
  • Former Habitat Protection Zone (IUCN Category IV) - 2038 km2
Management plan status Expired 24 September 2009 - Transitional management arrangements apply

Lord Howe Island is part of the State of New South Wales (NSW) and is surrounded by State waters (out to 3 nautical miles) and Commonwealth waters out to a distance of 200 nautical miles. The State waters around Lord Howe Island and Ball's Pyramid comprise the Lord Howe Island Marine Park (State Waters), and the Commonwealth waters between 3 nm and 12 nm around Lord Howe Island and Ball's Pyramid comprise the areas within the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters).

The perimeter of the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) roughly corresponds to the 1800-metre depth contour that follows the base of the seamounts that underlie the Island and Ball's Pyramid.

Activities

The following table outlines activities allowed without an approval (Tick), allowed with a general approval in accordance with conditions (GA), allowed with a permit or approval (A) or not allowed  (Cross) in the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters).

Activities allowed in the park
Activity Former Lord Howe
Habitat Protection Zone
Former Lord Howe
Sanctuary Zone
General Access Tick Tick
Commercial Activities
Fishing (including collecting)1 A Cross
Filming and Photography A A
Tourism and Charters23 A A
Commercial vessel transit GA GA
Other Commercial Activities A A
Recreational Activities
SCUBA diving & snorkelling Tick Tick
Fishing (including collecting)4 GA Cross
Fishing competitions4 A Cross
Scientific research A A

1 No demersal trawl or longlining (pelagic, demersal or mid-water).

2 Charter fishing not allowed in the area of the former Sanctuary Zone.

3 No registration or application is required for existing approval holders. If you do not have an existing approval but wish to operate in the area of the former reserve please contact the Department.

4 As a minimum requirement, management of all fishing activities permitted in the Reserve will be consistent with the legal lengths, catch limits, permitted gears, and other regulations that apply to marine recreational and commercial fishing under the NSW Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2002.

Transitional management arrangements

Transitional arrangements for the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters)

Transitional management arrangements for the area of the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) will maintain the level of protection afforded to these areas by the previous reserve management arrangements.

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. This applies to existing commercial activities, including those that involve the taking of native species (fishing).

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 are the general approvals that implement the transitional management arrangements relevant to the area of the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters).

Approvals

General approvals - activities allowed under general approvals

Commercial vessel transit within the area of the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters)

Commercial vessel transit is allowed under general approval in the area of the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters).

Approval of Commercial Vessel Transit (PDF - 153.09 KB)
Approval of Commercial Vessel Transit (DOCX - 447.79 KB)

Recreational (non-commercial) fishing within the area of the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters)

Recreational (non-commercial) fishing is allowed in the area of the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) in the area of the former Habitat Protection Zone under general approval, where the activity is undertaken in accordance with relevant State recreational fishing arrangements. No registration or application is required.

Recreational (non-commercial) fishing is prohibited in the Sanctuary Zone of the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters).

Recreational fishing - Approval of Non-Commercial Fishing (PDF - 316.05 KB)
Recreational fishing - Approval of Non-Commercial Fishing (DOCX - 733.91 KB)

Approval of Commercial Activities, Scientific Research and Structures and Works within the former Lord Howe Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters)

In the former Lord Howe Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) 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 former Lord Howe Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) please contact the department.

Approval of commercial activities, scientific research and structures and works in the Lord Howe Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) (PDF - 154.14 KB)
Approval of commercial activities, scientific research and structures and works in the Lord Howe Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) (DOCX - 449.84 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

Recreational scuba diving and snorkelling activities are allowed without an approval in the area of the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters).

An approval or permit may be required for some activities. For example, individual approval is required for scientific research within the former reserve. For further information please contact the department.

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

Mining operations are not permitted in the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements for new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserve estate
Until a management plan come 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.

General approval - transitional management arrangements

The Director of National Parks has issued a general approval to implement the transitional management arrangements for all new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserve estate in the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network.

Activities must be carried out in accordance to the conditions under the general approval.

Management plan

A management plan for the Temperate East 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 first management plan for the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) expired on 24 September 2009. Transitional management arrangements apply until a new management plan is in place for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network.

Maps

 

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See also

Contact

Commonwealth Marine Reserves Branch
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