New Solitary Islands 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 Solitary Islands Commonwealth Marine Reserve encompasses the former Solitary Islands Marine Reserve (Commonwealth Waters). 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 Solitary Islands Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 152 km2
Depth range 15-70 m (approx.)
Types of zoning
  • Marine National Park Zone (IUCN Category II) - 1 km2
  • Multiple Use Zone (IUCN Category VI) - 37 km2
  • Special Purpose Zone (IUCN Category VI) - 114 km2

Major conservation values

  • Important habitat for the critically endangered east coast population of vulnerable grey nurse sharks
  • Biologically important areas for the protected humpback whale, vulnerable white shark and a number of migratory seabirds
  • Examples of the ecosystems of the Central Eastern Shelf Transition and the Tweed-Moreton meso-scale bioregion
  • Representation of the shelf seafloor feature

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements for areas within former marine reservese
Until a management plans come into effect there will be no changes to management arrangements for Commonwealth marine reserves that existed prior to the establishment of the new reserves. This includes Marine National Nature Reserves and Marine Parks, whether they continue to exist as discrete reserves or have been incorporated into larger new reserves.

  • Transitional arrangements involve NO CHANGE ON THE WATER for marine users.
  • If you hold an existing approval to undertake activities within the former Cod Ground Commonwealth marine reserve; Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters), Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Marine National Nature Reserve and Solitary Islands Marine Reserve (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 area of former reserve: