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Lord Howe Island Marine Park

The NSW Government announced its decision on the recreational fishing amnesty in NSW Marine Parks, based on the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel’s advice and further consideration of social values and use conflicts at some sites.

  • The amnesty did not include Lord Howe Island Marine Park. Current park management rules 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.

Date established

The NSW Government established the park in February 1999.

Special features

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.

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