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Active volcanism at the McDonald Islands over the last decade has had a dramatic influence on the environment, resulting in the coalescing of the previously separate McDonald Island and Flat Island, and affecting local wildlife colonies, vegetation and ecosystems to an as yet unknown extent.

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Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve Management Plan cover - image of Mawson Peak from Atlas Cove
Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve Management Plan 2014-2024

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve Management Plan 2014-2024 provides a comprehensive framework for the management of the Reserve.

Persons interested in visiting the Reserve are strongly encouraged to read the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve Management Plan 2014-2024 [PDF] and the permit application form [Word].

Persons that plan to visit the Reserve are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposal with the Australian Antarctic Division at their earliest convenience: himi@aad.gov.au.

The Reserve's unique values are vulnerable to visitor impacts. Its extreme isolation and inhospitable sub-Antarctic conditions present inherent dangers. All visits must be carefully planned. All visitors must be fully prepared, self-sufficient and aware of the potential dangers associated with their activities and visitation generally.

Download the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve Management Plan 2014-2024 [PDF].

If you cannot access the Plan, or require a hard copy, please contact us.

This page was last updated on 28 February 2005.