The new Norfolk Commonwealth Marine Reserve covers an area of more than 188 000km2. 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||Norfolk Commonwealth Marine Reserve|
188 443 km2
<15–5000 m (approx.)
|Types of zoning||
Marine National Park Zone (IUCN Category II)–41 661 km2
Major conservation values
- Biologically important areas for protected humpback whales and a number of migratory seabirds
- The Tasman Front is a region of intermediate productivity that separates the warm, nutrient-poor waters of the Coral Sea from the cold, nutrient-rich waters of the Tasman Sea. It supports high productivity; aggregations of marine life; biodiversity and endemism in the region
- Includes benthic habitats thought to act as stepping stones for faunal dispersal, connecting deep-water fauna from New Caledonia to New Zealand
- Examples of the ecosystems of the Norfolk Island Province
- Represents bank/shoals, basin, canyon, deep/hole/valley, knoll/abyssal-hills/hills/mountains/peak, pinnacle, plateau, ridge, saddle, seamount/guyot, shelf, slope, trench/trough
- Includes one key ecological feature:
- Norfolk Ridge (high productivity, aggregations of marine life; biodiversity and endemism)