15/06/2018. Lord Howe Island Marine Park. Moreton Bay Marine Park. Rottnest Island Conservation Reserve WA

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1 15/06/2018 Lord Howe Island Marine Park Intro Values Management Legislation Core programs Intro A few islands and a few Marine Parks along the way Moreton Bay Marine Park 3400,000ha 2 million people Ramsar listed Rottnest Island Conservation Reserve WA 1900 hectares >5000 visitors/day > 500,000 visitors/year 1

2 Ningaloo Marine Park WA Lord Howe Island Marine Park World s largest fringing reef >2800ha World Heritage listed 400 visitors at one time ~1500ha World Heritage listed Movement of tectonic plates along LH Rise Lord Howe Marine Park Sea level changes, weathering and erosion 2

3 E&MRMNNR LHIMP Discovery Today First recorded by Lt Ball on HMAS Supply Accidentally discovered in Feb weeks after NSW Penal Colony declared 350 residents 400 visitors ~ visitors/year LHIMP & WHA World Heritage Area PPP ~75% = 1000Ha 3

4 Values World Heritage Listed 1982 State Marine Park declared 1998 Commonwealth Marine Park declared 1999 Values World s most sth coral reef Tropical & temperate mix World Heritage Area Largest MP in NSW Diversity of habitats & marine life Remnant seamount 2km water depth near shore Fish > 500 species of fish 15 are endemic It s the EAC dude Double header Coris bulbifrons Blacked backed butterfly fish Black Cod Epinephelus daemelli Bluefish Girella cyanea Ballina angelfish Chaetodontoplus ballinae McCulloch s anemone fish Amphiprion mccullochi 4

5 Nemo s cool cousin. McCullochsanemone fish Local endemic found LHIMP, Norfolk Island, and E&Mreefs LHIMP is last remaining stronghold in the world 83 species World s southernmost coral reef Corals Seagrass 4 species Important breeding and feeding area e.g garfish Algae > 305 species of algae 12% endemic 5

6 Echinoderms 65 species of echinoderms 6% endemic Sharks, rays and turtles Galapagos sharks Green and hawksbill turtles Seabirds 14 species of breeding seabirds World s largest breeding colonies Dolphins and Whales Bottlenose, Common dolphins Humpback whales, Sperm whales Photo: Jack Shick 6

7 Human use and values Tourism, fishing, fisheries, research, snorkelling, diving, kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, photography, glass bottom boats, boat charters Shipwrecks 12 historic shipwrecks Important historic and ecological value 5 layers of marine protected area management LHIMP is the only NSW marine park that is World Heritage listed Its management area is one of the largest in Australia incorporating: LHIMP (state waters) 47,000 ha LHIMP (com waters) 300,000 ha Elizabeth Middleton Marine National Nature Reserve 188,000 ha TOTAL MPA = 535,000 ha Soon to be doubled in size! Layer 1 State MP State MP = 47,000 hectares 27% Sanctuary Zone 33% HPZ 7

8 15/06/2018 Layer 2 Commonwealth MPA Soon to be this 8% no-take National Park Zone (green) 55% Habitat Protection Zone (yellow) 1% RUZ 300,000 hectares 31% SZ 69% HPZ LHIMP (Comm Waters) Act Layer Lord Howe Island Board management area - 3nm from all islands Layer 3 - WHA 146,000 ha 99% is Marine Park World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983 Working to align boundaries Layer 4 - LHIB Lord Howe Island Act

9 Management of LHI Marine Park Education, information & visitor assistance MP Infrastructure Surveillance & enforcement Permit administration Consultation and planning Community engagement Research & monitoring Emergency management Administration, assets & maintenance Moorings 12 Public day use moorings New system installation Maintenance & management Research and Monitoring Biodiversity surveys BRUVS Galapagos sharks Marine pests Coral ecology Intertidal monitoring Citizen science Habitat mapping Charter fishing catch returns Research and Monitoring BRUVS 9

10 Galapagos Shark Research Community engagement Interpretive displays and signage Lord Howe Island Tidal Predication Booklets Marine Park news - monthly Visitor Guide Promotional posters Visitor Information packs Tour Operator Capacity Building Tour Operator EcoTourism Certification Community Information Dissemination Museum and Visitor s Centre Community Monitoring Projects World Oceans Day LHI School Marine Education program Research Interpretation & presentations Commonwealth Interpretation Projects Website information Photos: SGudeg, TBridge, JMitchell Interp & education Plastic Actions Say no to plastic No more plastic straws Bread bags Banana bags UN Pledge 10

11 Surveillance & Enforcement Permit Administration Commercial activity permits Research permits Filming, works, events, game fishing competitions Elizabeth and Middleton Reef Infrastructure & Asset Management 11

12 Legislative challenges Concurrence and conflict Over 15 major Acts and regulations relating to marine park matters Interpretation issues Changes to regulations New Commonwealth Marine Park 3examples 1. CW Mgt Plan Commercial fishing 3. Fish feeding Commonwealth Marine Park New name, new challenges Lord Howe Marine Park June 2018 come into force New zones and management rules Concurrence with state regulations New arrangements Commercial Line Fishing Fishery Management No commercial or charter fishing licences 10 year process to legalise REF S37 permit 12

13 Requires change to MEM Regs Previous Regs - allow 300g bread or approved fish food per person per day Now: 300g of food Issue with amount and type of food entering system Fish feeding SPZ Future LHIMP Review 1-2 years Commonwealth Mgt Plan Legalise the commercial fishery Eco-tourism and citizen science Climate change Research and monitoring Community engagement Questions? Thanks for listening 13

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