Scenery
Cool fact…
The plants on Heard Island grow low to the ground, helping them brave the persistent and fierce winds which batter the island (gusts of up to 180 km/hour have been recorded).

Zoning

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve Management Plan divides the Marine Reserve into seven zones, each of which is assigned to the IUCN category 'strict nature reserve'.

These zones are intended to facilitate protection of areas or features that are susceptible to the impacts of human activities, and to confine human activity to sites that can sustain it.

The level and type of protection varies for each zone, with activities in the Reserve being restricted to the most appropriate areas and managed to give effect to the strict nature reserve management principles outlined in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 (EPBC Regulations).

The zones include

This page was last updated on 28 February 2005.