Lord Howe Island Marine Park
- Amnesty on recreational fishing restrictions from ocean beaches and headlands in sanctuaries
- The amnesty does not include Lord Howe Island Marine Park. Current restrictions will remain in place
Location and size
Lord Howe Island Marine Park stretches north around the Admiralty Islands and south-east around Balls Pyramid and South East Rock, extending 3 nautical miles out to sea from the mean high water mark. The park is approximately 600km off the NSW north coast and 700km north-east of Sydney
It covers an area of approximately 48 000 hectares.
Note: Percentages for zones may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
The NSW Government established the park in February 1999.
Lord Howe Island is a narrow volcanic strip surrounded by several small, environmentally sensitive islets. The marine environment is internationally significant and features the world’s southern most coral reef. In 1982 Lord Howe Island and the surrounding waters were declared a World Heritage site, the first in NSW.
Recreational and commercial use
Tourists from around the world visit the marine park to snorkel, swim, surf and fish. Annual visitor numbers to Lord Howe Island are capped for environmental purposes.