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Fishforever have made it super easy to make a submission and have your say!Read about and make a submission hereContinue Reading "Make a Submission on the new marine protected areas legislation"
In New Zealand, when we talk of no-take zones in the sea we really mean
marine reserves, set up under the Marine Reserves Act 1971. Although there
are a few other ways of achieving full protection, the Marine Reserves Act is
the specific piece of legislation designed for this purpose. It does have some
short-comings, however, and to correct some of these a new Marine Reserves
Bill has been prepared, but has been languishing in the storage cupboards of
Parliament with no action for more than ten years.
The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust are hosting their annual National Marine and Freshwater Education Wānanga Conference this Saturday 11th – Monday 13th April at Whakapaumahara Marae, Whananaki, and Northland.
“The theme this year is ‘HOW To’ for marine and freshwater conservation action and/or education. The purpose of the event is to provide an inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation” said event co-organiser Samara Nicholas.
This year we extend an invite to the community to attend the afternoon/evening keynote presentations at Whakapaumahara marae, Whananaki North Rd, for gold coin koha; including Fred Litchwark, Dan Godoy and Nick Shears (registration for other parts of the conference is essential).
Fish Forever, a local community group, is proposing two marine reserves and one scientific reserve for the Bay of Islands. The proposal was publicly launched in May 2014, through a Community Consultation Document that invited public submissions over a six-week period. Throughout the submission period, Fish Forever publicised the proposal and engaged with as many locals and stakeholders as possible.
This report presents the results of that community consultation process.
From over 1,300 submissions received, the overwhelming impression is of active community support for the proposal – both in general, and in the specific areas proposed. This clear mandate is vital to moving the proposal process forward.
The submissions also clarify the key areas of community concern about the proposals. These concerns focus on the relationship between marine reserves and other protective measures, like fisheries and customary management regulations, which need to be taken into account in long-term conservation planning for the Bay.
The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years.
“Labour has committed to completing the draft National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity as a matter of priority. This is welcome news. With biodiversity (including kiwi) continuing a rapid decline, we must identify national bottom lines for protecting biodiversity as soon as possible,” said EDS Executive Director Gary Taylor.
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