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Cartier Island 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.

Cartier Island Marine Reserve has been renamed Cartier Island 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.

Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve is located 25 nautical miles (45 km) south-east of Ashmore Reef. Covering an area of 167 square kilometres, the reserve includes an unvegetated sand island (Cartier Island) and the area within a 4 nautical mile radius of the centre of the island, to a depth of 1 km below the sea floor. The area around the island includes a variety of habitats including a mature reef flat, a small submerged pinnacle, known as Wave Governor Bank and two shallow pools to the north-east of the island.

NameCartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve (renamed)
Date of Proclamation 21 June 2000, now renamed Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve
Area 172 km2
Types of zoning IUCN Category Ia (172 km2) - Sanctuary zone

Major conservation values

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