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The provisions of the EPBC Act and Regulations apply to all Commonwealth reserves, so many of the rules and regulations at HIMI are similar to those in the Kakadu, Booderee, Norfolk Island and other Commonwealth national parks.

New Management plan for Heard Island and McDonald Islands

Elephant seals laze on the beach in front of Heard Island volcano Big Ben
Elephant seals laze on the beach in front of Heard Island volcano Big Ben (Photo: Dr Matt Curnock)
Snow dusts Heard IslandTwo young elephant seals are dwarfed by ice cliffs on Heard Island

16th October 2014

A new Management Plan for Australia’s Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve has been approved by the Federal Government.

The HIMI Marine Reserve Management Plan 2014-2024 covers about 71,000 square kilometres of terrestrial and marine areas and has a strong focus on biosecurity.

The new plan includes 6200 square kilometres of high conservation waters, supporting distinct benthic habitats, species and ecosystems, added to the Reserve in March this year.

HIMI is located about 4000 kilometres south-west of mainland Australia in the southern Indian Ocean.

The islands are Australia’s largest International Union for Conservation of Nature 1a Strict Nature Reserve and home to Australia’s only active volcano, Big Ben, rising 2745 metres above sea level.

Heard Island is considered one of the most biologically pristine areas in the world. The islands were inscribed on the World Heritage list in December 1997 on the basis of their outstanding natural universal values.

More information

HIMI Marine Reserve Management Plan 2014-2024 [PDF]

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