Open for comment: new Heard Island and McDonald Islands management plan

The active volcanoe Big Ben on Heard Island, with king penguins in the foreground.
A draft management plan for the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve is now open for public comment. (Photo: Matt Curnock)

2nd July 2014

A draft management plan for the Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve is now open for public comment.

HIMI is one of the least anthropologically disturbed areas in the world and is Australia’s largest International Union for Conservation of Nature Strict Nature Reserve, which is the highest category of protected area recognised by the World Commission on Protected Areas.

The draft management plan has a strong focus on biosecurity and waste management and is the second plan prepared for the Reserve under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The Reserve is about 4000 kilometres south-west of mainland Australia in the southern Indian Ocean. It covers 71 000 square kilometres in area, including 6200 square kilometres of high conservation waters added to HIMI in March this year.

Comments must be sent by Friday 15 August 2014.

For more information, please visit www.heardisland.aq or email himi@aad.gov.au

This page was last modified on 2 July 2014.