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.
|Name||Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve (renamed)|
|Date of Proclamation||21 June 2000, now renamed Cartier Island Commonwealth Marine Reserve|
|Types of zoning||IUCN Category Ia (172 km2) - Sanctuary zone|
Major conservation values
- Ecosystems, habitats and communities associated with:
- the North West Shelf
- Timor Province
- emergent oceanic reefs
- Cartier Island is an important area for protected species:
- internationally significant for its abundance and diversity of sea snakes
- large and significant feeding populations of green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles occur around the reefs.
- supports some of the most important seabird rookeries on the North West Shelf including colonies of bridled terns, common noddies, brown boobies, eastern reef egrets, frigatebirds, tropicbirds, red-footed boobies, roseate terns, crested terns and lesser crested terns.
- important staging points/feeding areas for many migratory seabirds
- Cultural and heritage site:
- Ann Millicent historic shipwreck