Scenery
Cool fact…
Mackerel icefish are one of the most common fish species found in the shallower waters of the Kerguelen Plateau and along with Patagonian toothfish, form the basis for a commercial fishery in the region. Icefish are remarkable because they lack haemoglobin or red blood cells, resulting in blood that is an opalescent white/gray in colour, and cream coloured gills, liver and heart.

Management plan

It is common practice in Australia and in other countries worldwide for protected areas, parks and reserves to have a management plan explaining the rules and guidelines for activities in the area.

Management plans also explain what the objectives are for managing the area, and what the managers will do to help meet those objectives.

It is a requirement of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act), under which the Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve was declared, that a management plan be prepared for the Reserve.

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) is responsible for managing the Reserve and also responsible for preparing and implementing the required management plan.

This section of the website outlines requirements for a management plan. It also provides a summary of the measures outlined in the management plan, including the environmental impact assessment and permits processes, zoning provisions and the Environmental Code of Conduct.

This page was last updated on 28 February 2005.