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New Zealanders love the ocean. It is beautiful and diverse, teeming with a fantastic array of sea life. Our team at MarineNZ are all actively involved in marine conservation and education. We believe NZ needs a website that can bring the NZ marine environment to your computer. We also believe that we can all do more to restore and protect marine life and being amongst it even virtually on your computer is a starting point. It will be an adventure in discovery for all us. In time we hope to involve many of you in building and using this site. We have many ideas on the drawing board. will become a virtual marine online world, full of stunning underwater photography, videography and leading marine biology reports and presentations. There are tools for students, teachers and all those interested in our marine environment. There’s also information on our streams and rivers, and how they interact with our beaches and oceans. Tour our site to find out more. You can also register, which will allow you to make comments and receive our newsletters.

Take the time to get involved with our new online community where you’ll meet others working marine conservation, science and education. Share your passions and ideas, ask questions and take part in active discussion.

MarineNZ gives all New Zealanders access to the beauty beneath the Sea. Dive in and enjoy.



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Young Ocean Explorers

Young Ocean Explorers

Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) has been working with Mahurangi year 8 students for over 6 years. The EMR programme at Mahurangi college starts with a marine biodiversity and conservation lesson and learning to snorkel in the pool, then during school camp at Leigh, we snorkel in the non-protected area at Matheson’s Bay and comapre what we see with the fully protected no-take marine reserve at Goat Island. Students then come up with action projects to address marine issues and present these ACTION projects at the very well attended EMR and Waicare community showcase ‘Rivers to Sea’ evening
This is where it all started for Riley Hathaway, for her action project where she interviewed turtle expert Dan Godoy.

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This file has a .pdf extensionProposal to protect 10% of the enclosed waters of the Bay of Islands with no-take marine reserves
Published by Fish Forever on 05/02/2014

To protect 10% of the enclosed waters of the
Bay of Islands with no-take marine reserves
Community Consultation Document
1st May 2014 prepared by:
Fish Forever, Bay of Islands Maritime Park Inc. Sponsors


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