Cool fact…
Low-lying Acaena magellanica plants at les Kerguelen have been found to flower three times over summer, whereas the same species at the cooler, more southerly Heard Island only flowered once.

Management vision

The management plan for the Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve includes a Management Vision that considers the Reserve's purpose and management objectives, and conveys an over-arching statement of the aims for future management of the Reserve:

The Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve is a truly wild and naturally dynamic area of the world.

Spectacular geographical features and natural processes and ecosystems make it a uniquely inspiring place of immense value to current and future generations.

This outstanding place will be accorded the utmost respect and protection and will be managed, on the basis of sound understanding, as a place where humans are thoughtful, responsible and privileged visitors.

This page was last modified on 23 March 2010.