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Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve (renamed)

Overview

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MARINE USERS

Transitional arrangements for renamed marine reserves
From the declaration of Commonwealth marine reserves in November 2012 until new management plans come into effect in July 2014, there will be no changes to management arrangements for the renamed Commonwealth marine reserves that existed prior to the establishment of the new reserves. This includes Marine National Nature Reserves and Marine Parks, whether they continue to exist as discrete reserves or have been incorporated into larger new reserves.

Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve has been renamed Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve and forms part of the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network. Interim management arrangements apply until the management plan for the North-west Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network comes into effect.

Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve is located on Australia's North-West Shelf in the Indian Ocean, about 450 nautical miles (840 km) west of Darwin and 330 nautical miles (610 km) north of Broome. The reserve covers 583 km2 and includes two extensive lagoons, shifting sand flats and cays, seagrass meadows, a large reef flat covering an area of 239 km2. Within the reserve are three small islands known as East, Middle and West Islands.

Ashmore was designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in 2003 due to the importance of its islands providing a resting place for migratory shorebirds and supporting large seabird breeding colonies.

NameAshmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve (renamed)
Date of Proclamation 16 August 1983, now renamed Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 583 km2
Depth range 15-1500 m (approx.)
Types of zoning IUCN Category Ia (550 km2) - Sanctuary zone
IUCN Category II (33 km2) - Recreational Use Zone

Major conservation values


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