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It is estimated that something like 90% of New Zealand's biodiversity lives in the sea. In contrast to on land we are still in the pioneer and discovery phase of marine biology and ecology. Virtually everyday a new species is discovered form our marine environment. We bring you here a selected series of papers which examine this incredible diversity of the sea around us.

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This file has a .pdf extensionMediterranean Fanworm factsheet
Author(s): MAF Biosecurity NZ

Mediterranean fanworm factsheet

Added to archive on 07/01/2012 and placed in the following categories: Education High School | Education Primary Schools | Experiencing Marine Reserves | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Biosecurity |

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This file has a .pdf extensionjune letter to the minister from Akaroa Harbour marine Protection Society
Author(s): Akaroa Harbour Marine Protection Society

Letter to Minister of Conservation from the Akaroa Harbour Marine Protection Society

Added to archive on 06/24/2012 and placed in the following categories: Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Policy Documents NZ | Marine Reserves NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Case Studies | MPA Network and Marine Reserve Design | MPA Process and Policy | MPA Proposals and Applications |

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This file has a .pdf extensionWest Coast marine reserves public notice
Author(s): DOC

Notice to establish marine reserves on West Coast

Submissions close: 22 August 2012

The Minister of Conservation gives notice of her intention under Section 5 of the Marine Reserves Act 1971 to apply for an Order-in-Council declaring five areas of sea and foreshore in the West Coast Te Tai o Poutini Region (South Island) marine reserves.
Public Notice

Added to archive on 06/23/2012 and placed in the following categories: Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Policy Documents NZ | Habitat Studies NZ | Marine Reserves NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Case Studies | MPA Network and Marine Reserve Design | MPA Process and Policy | MPA Proposals and Applications |

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This file has a .pdf extensionWest Coast marine reserves application document
Author(s): DOC

Notice to establish marine reserves on West Coast


Submissions close: 22 August 2012

The Minister of Conservation gives notice of her intention under Section 5 of the Marine Reserves Act 1971 to apply for an Order-in-Council declaring five areas of sea and foreshore in the West Coast Te Tai o Poutini Region (South Island) marine reserves.

Added to archive on 06/23/2012 and placed in the following categories: Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Policy Documents NZ | Habitat Studies NZ | Marine Reserves NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Case Studies | MPA Network and Marine Reserve Design | MPA Process and Policy | MPA Proposals and Applications |

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This file has a .pdf extensionTrajectories of spiny lobster Jasus edwardsii recovery
Author(s): D Freeman et al.

Trajectories of spiny lobster Jasus edwardsii recovery in New Zealand marine reserves: is settlement a driver?

SUMMARY
Monitoring species’ response inmarine protected areas is important for informing both the management
of those areas and the establishment of additional protected areas. Populations of spiny lobsters Jasus
edwardsii were monitored in eight New Zealand marine reserves for up to 34 years. The populations displayed
highly variable responses to protection. While a few showed rapid (within 1–2 years of protection) increases in abundance, others showed little response
even after a decade of protection. Some reserves showed little initial recovery, then a sudden increase following several years of protection, while others
displayed significant declines in abundance following initial recovery. Marine reserves located in areas with initially high densities of juveniles tended to
have rapid recovery, but aspects of reserve design had no significant influence on the recovery rate.
Variability among recovery trajectories also suggests that supply-side dynamics may be a key driver
of lobster recovery. Densities of legal-sized lobsters were positively correlated with reserve age, but the
abundance of juvenile lobsters increased in all but one reserve, indicating enhanced recruitment, survival
and/or movement of juvenile lobsters into reserves. It is important to consider the placement of reserves,
with respect to potential levels of larval supply, when establishing marine reserves for either conservation
or fisheries management purposes and for evaluating their effectiveness.

Added to archive on 06/19/2012 and placed in the following categories: Fisheries Management NZ | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Reserves NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Case Studies | MPA Network and Marine Reserve Design | MPA Process and Policy | MPA Proposals and Applications | Marine Reserve Research and Monitoring NZ |

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This file has a .pdf extensionAkaroa Marine Reserve High Court Decision May 2012
Author(s): High Court of New Zealand - Christchurch

The High Court has told the Government to reconsider its decision to reject a proposal for a marine reserve in Akaroa.
The Akaroa Harbour Marine Protection Society applied for a marine reserve near Dan Rogers’ Bluff in Akaroa Harbour in 1995.
The Conservation Minister declined the application because a reserve would interfere with recreational fishing.
The society appealed to the High Court saying the minister did not weigh up the positives of the proposed reserve and the effects on recreational fishing.
Judge Nathanial Whata found that the application must be reconsidered.

Added to archive on 05/11/2012 and placed in the following categories: NZ Marine Conservation Community Group | Fisheries Management NZ | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Policy Documents NZ | Marine Reserves NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Case Studies | MPA Network and Marine Reserve Design | MPA Process and Policy | MPA Proposals and Applications |

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This file has a .pdf extensionWeaving the Strands March 2012
Author(s): Hauraki Gulf Forum

The latest issue of the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s newsletter asks are we in danger of losing our resident Bryde’s whales?
Weaving the Strands also reflects on the life and legacy of Jim Holdaway, a founding father of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, reports on several new species making their way back around the park, and details some detective work on the NZ storm petrel.
Restoration of a Kawau icon, progress on a marine spatial plan for the Gulf, the process for assessing risks from fish farming and an important prosecution following fish-dumping are also reported

Added to archive on 04/02/2012 and placed in the following categories: NZ Marine Conservation Community Group | Fisheries Management NZ | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Mammals | Marine Policy Documents NZ | Habitat Studies NZ | Regional Biodiversity Info Reports |

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This file has a .pdf extensionNew Zealand Sea Lion Species Management Plan
Author(s): DOC

The New Zealand sea lion species management plan: 2009-2014 (the Plan) provides a strategic framework to guide DOC in managing the recovery of the New Zealand sea lion to non-threatened status.

Added to archive on 02/20/2012 and placed in the following categories: Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Mammals |

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This file has a .pdf extensionNew Zealand Sea Lion Species Management Plan
Author(s): DOC

The New Zealand sea lion species management plan: 2009-2014 (the Plan) provides a strategic framework to guide DOC in managing the recovery of the New Zealand sea lion to non-threatened status.

Added to archive on 02/20/2012 and placed in the following categories: Fisheries Management NZ | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Mammals | Marine Policy Documents NZ | Regional Biodiversity Info Reports |

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This file has a .pdf extensionNew Zealand Seals
Author(s): DOC

This factsheet published by the Department of Conservation in 2006 includes information about the four seal species which live in NZ waters. The New Zealand Fur Seal, New Zealand Sea Lion (formerly Hookers Sea Lion), Leopard Seal and the Southern Elephant Seal.

Added to archive on 02/20/2012 and placed in the following categories: Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Mammals |

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