New Lord Howe Commonwealth Marine Reserve - Management

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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.

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.

Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), during the period between proclamation of the reserves and the implementation of a management plan, approval from the Director of National Parks is required to allow existing commercial activities and activities that involve the taking of native species (fishing) to legally continue. This 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.

Accordingly, the Director has issued a number of different approvals for users of the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network. These approvals are outlined below.

Transitional arrangements - approvals and determinations

The Director of National Parks has issued a general approval for all new areas added to the Commonwealth marine reserve estate in the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network. This general approval excludes areas within former Commonwealth marine reserves, Marine National Nature Reserves and Marine Parks, such as the Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve, Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters), Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Marine National Nature Reserve and the Solitary Islands Marine Reserve (Commonwealth Waters). Separate approvals apply to actions in the areas of these former reserves.

The general approval for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network provides for existing activities to continue while a management plan is prepared. The following actions are approved subject to conditions under the general approval for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network:

  • Commercial fishing
  • Recreational (non-commercial) fishing
  • Commercial tourism
  • Mining operations
  • Commercial vessel transit (being continuous passage of a vessel through an area by the shortest direct route without any other activity being carried on)
  • Aquaculture
  • Commercial media activities
  • Commercial image capture
  • Erecting structures, carrying out works and carrying on an excavation.

For further information contact the department.

Transitional arrangements - approvals and determinations for the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) and Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Marine National Nature Reserve

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements for areas within former reserves:
Until a management plan come 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:

The transitional arrangements will remain in place until a management plan comes into effect.

Management plans

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements

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.

Approvals

General approval

The Director of National Parks has issued a general approval 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 plans

Management plans for the former Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) and former Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Marine National Nature Reserve have now expired and transitional management arrangements apply until a management plan is in place for the Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network.

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