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Invite to the Community

Invite to the Community

Saturday 26th April 2014- Wellington – Te Whanganui-a-tara Kuratini Marae, Massey University, Wallace St, Mt Cook, Wellington

The National Marine and Freshwater education Wananga – Conference is being held this year in Wellington, with focus on ‘Communicating science for marine and freshwater conservation ACTION!’  We would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend Keynote presentations by;
Green Party MP Eugenie Sage and Dr Alison MacDiarmid

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Snapper One Region Rule Change

Snapper One Region Rule Change

On the 1 April 2014 changes to the rules for snapper in the Snapper 1 Region came into effect. The bag limit is changing to 7 snapper per fisher per day (previously 9), and the size limit is increasing to 30cm (from 27cm).

The Snapper 1 Region covers the East Coast between North Cape and Cape Runaway out to a distance of 200 nautical miles. There are no changes to the bag limits or minimum legal sizes outside this area. For bag and size limits in other regions, check your local fishing rules.

The changes to the Snapper 1 bag and size limits are part of a long term plan to improve New Zealand’s most valuable inshore finfish fishery. The changes will help improve the sustainability of snapper stocks and are part of a larger Snapper 1 management programme.

Every fisher can support New Zealand’s fisheries through good fish handling practices. Gentle handling and careful return of unwanted or undersize fish contributes to the sustainability of the fishery through increasing survival rates.  Simple steps like keeping fish in the water where possible, returning fish close to the surface of the water and removing hooks gently can all help improve a fish’s chance of survival after release. Advice on good fish handling practices is available through our website.

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Three new marine reserves

Three new marine reserves

Fishing, mining and exploration has been banned from 435,000 hectares of subantarctic ocean with the establishment of three new marine reserves.
Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith officially established the reserves, which surround the Antipodes, Bounty and Campbell Islands, on Sunday.
Marine reserve status prohibits fishing, mining, petroleum exploration or marine farming in the area.

The islands are a breeding site for albatross and are home to three species of penguin, the fur seal, the New Zealand sea lion and the elephant seal.
Parliament passed legislation in February to allow the reserves, which will protect 435,000 hectares of sea.
“The strength of these marine reserves is that we now have complete ecosystem protection covering the land and the sea of these subantarctic islands,” Dr Smith said.
The three reserves bring New Zealand’s total number of marine reserves to 37.


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Rapid fire sea themed entertainment

Rapid fire sea themed entertainment

Rapid fire sea themed entertainment is planned for the Northland launch event on 26th February for Seaweek 2014!
The Experiencing Marine Reserves programme and Pecha Kucha (PK) Whangarei are organising the Seaweek PK night on 26th February at the Old library on Rust Ave, Whangarei. There will be a diversity of 10 presenters, each have 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Doors and bar open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start, $5 entry. There will also be marine displays and information.

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Free Community Guided Snorkel Days underway

Free Community Guided Snorkel Days underway

Free Community Guided Snorkel Days underway!

Over 150 people have attended the series of popular free Community Guided Snorkel Days organised by Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) so far this summer.  The next snorkel day at Reotahi is on Saturday the 8th February.

“These events are a great way for the community of all ages to experience and enjoy their local marine environment while raising awareness about this marine reserve, which was proposed by students at Kamo High School and established in 2006 ” says Samara Nicholas

People are often surprised by the variety of marine life in the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve; at last weekend’s snorkel day we had a family travel from Auckland to attend, along with a student from the Kamo High School class of 1990, the year that initiated the marine reserve proposal.

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