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.

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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 modified on 28 February 2005.