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Macquarie Island Marine Park
IUCN Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area)
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Map showing the Macquarie Island Marine Park. The shaded area is a Sanctuary Zone ('no take' zone).
Location Australia
Area 162,000 km2 (63,000 sq mi)
Established 20 October 1999
Operator Parks Australia
Website https://parksaustralia.gov.au/marine/parks/south-east

The Macquarie Island Marine Park (previously known as the Macquarie Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve) is an Australian marine park near Macquarie Island in the southwest Pacific. The marine park covers an area of 162,000 km2 (63,000 sq mi) and is assigned IUCN category IV. It is the largest of the 14 parks managed under the South-east Marine Parks Network.

Conservation values

History

The Marine Park was originally proclaimed on 20 October 1999 as the Macquarie Island Marine Park. The name of the reserve was later changed on 28 June 2007 to the Macquarie Island Commonwealth marine reserve. The name was changed again in 2017 back to Macquarie Island Marine Park.

Summary of protection zones

The Macquarie Island Marine Park has been assigned IUCN protected area category IV. However, within the marine park there are two protection zones, each zone has an IUCN category and related rules for managing activities to ensure the protection of marine habitats and species.

The following table is a summary of the zoning rules within the Macquarie Island Marine Park:

Zone IUCN Activities permitted Total area
(km2)
Vessel transiting Recreational fishing Commercial fishing Commercial tourism Mining
Sanctuary Zone Ia Yes No No aviation only No 58,000
Habitat Protection IV Yes Yes some, with approval with approval No 104,000
External link: Zoning and rules for the South-east Marine Parks Network
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