It is common practice in Australia and in other countries world wide for protected areas, parks and reserves to have a management plan explaining the rules and guidelines for activities in the area.
Management plans also explain what the objectives are for managing the area, and what the managers will do to help meet those objectives.
It is a requirement of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act), under which the Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Reserve was declared, that a management plan be prepared for the Reserve.
This section of the website outlines requirements for a management plan. It also provides a summary of the measures outlined in the management plan, including the environmental impact assessment and permits processes, zoning provisions and the Environmental Code of Conduct.
You can click on the following links to download the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve Management Plan.
The new management plan replaces the previous Heard Island Wilderness Reserve Management Plan (PDF) in force for the HIMI Territory since 1996 under the Environment Protection and Management Ordinance 1987.