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There are marine regional information projects running in several parts of the country. Most of this work is targeted at preparing for the MPA processes to come. In addition to the documents archived in this section go to our Science section and our Regional Information Systems page for links to the online reports and databases from around the country. Currently Northland, West Coast, South Island and Waikato have systems online.

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This file has a .pdf extensionMarine Reserve for the Bay of Islands
Author(s): John Booth

No question about it. A highlight of any tiki-tour of New Zealand is when you get to rub limbs with one of our giant kauri, protected
forever in its natural state within a forest remnant. Even we locals – who tend to take for granted this legacy – have our awe rekindled
whenever we get to re-acquaint ourselves with one of these great spirits that link us with some remote past.
Certain individuals had the foresight – at a time that most bush was being bowled or burnt – to reserve areas, millions of years in the
making, in their natural state. Kiwis and others would always be able to see what the forested landscape once looked like. To mill any
today would be the last thing on your mind.
Strange, isn’t it? We’re keen to hold on to representative examples of original native land cover – yet are so reluctant to do anything
similar for the sea. There are no places fully protected from fishing north of the Poor Knights Islands, right around the top and down
to Taranaki. There is not a single possie easily accessed where you take your mokos to see a fully intact, functioning marine ecosystem.
Decades of overfishing of certain key species (especially snapper and crayfish) have put the kybosh on close to two-thirds of the kelp
forests of the Bay of Islands. Instead of teeming life associated with great seaweed forests, we find instead ghostly pale rock surfaces.

Added to archive on 09/04/2014 and placed in the following categories: NZ Marine Conservation Community Group | Experiencing Marine Reserves | Marine Policy Documents NZ | Regional Biodiversity Info Reports | MPA's and Networks NZ |

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This file has a .pdf extensionTonga Island Marine Reserve
Author(s): Davidson Environmental

Significant increases in the abundance and size of marine species in Tasman Bay marine reserves confirm their conservation benefits.

Added to archive on 09/04/2014 and placed in the following categories: Education High School | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Policy Documents NZ | Habitat Studies NZ | Regional Biodiversity Info Reports | Marine Reserves NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | Marine Reserve Research and Monitoring NZ | Science |

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This file has a .pdf extensionHoroirangi Marine Reserve Report 2014
Author(s): Davidson Environmental

Significant increases in the abundance and size of marine species in Tasman Bay marine reserves confirm their conservation benefits.

Added to archive on 09/04/2014 and placed in the following categories: Education High School | Fisheries Management NZ | Marine Biodiversity NZ | Marine Policy Documents NZ | Habitat Studies NZ | Regional Biodiversity Info Reports | Marine Reserves NZ | MPA's and Networks NZ | Marine Reserve Research and Monitoring NZ |

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This file has a .pdf extensionNew Zealand Marine Sciences Society letter june 2012
Author(s): Akaroa Harbour Marine Protection Society

NZMSS letter to the Minister of Conservation - Akaroa Marine Reserve

Added to archive on 06/21/2012 and placed in the following categories: Regional Biodiversity Info Reports | 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 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: 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 extensionWest Coast Marine Forum Final Recommendation 2011
Author(s): Department of Conservation and Ministry of Fisheries

Report outlining the recommendations for MPA’s on the West Coast 2011

Added to archive on 09/29/2011 and placed in the following categories: NZ Marine Conservation Community Group | Marine Policy Documents NZ | Regional Biodiversity Info Reports | 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 extensionA Long View
Author(s): Alison MacDiarmid

A PPT presentation prepared for the Hauraki Gulf Spatial Planning process. Alison looks at research findings that attempt to reconstruct the ecology of the Hauraki Gulf marine environment dating back to before the time of human settlement.

Added to archive on 06/10/2014 and placed in the following categories: Marine Biodiversity NZ | Regional Biodiversity Info Reports | Marine Reserve Research and Monitoring NZ |

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This file has a .pdf extensionMap Book - Marine Habitat Map of Northland: Mangawhai to Ahipara Vers. 1
Author(s): Vince Kerr

Ten A3 maps supporting the technical report

A marine habitat map for the Northland section of the Northeast Marine
Bioregion in New Zealand’s territorial sea has been completed and is
presented in a series of maps. The maps cover an area of 1.34 million
hectares extending out 12 nautical miles from the coast between Ahipara
in the west to Mangawhai on the east coast.

Data were collated from a range of recent and historic sources,
and merged and analysed in ArcGIS 9.3.1 Geographical Information
System. These data include multibeam and sidescan sonar data from
the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research and Land
Information New Zealand. A ‘rapid sonar survey’ technique was developed
to fill data gaps for areas not covered by past or recent survey effort.
These sources and methods are described to assist in understanding
the strengths and weaknesses of the current habitat maps and to help
implement improvements in this and future work.

The use of the habitat maps to identify potential locations for a network
of marine protected areas in Northland is discussed and recommendations
are made to incorporate this information within decision support tools
to assist in planning, education and community engagement.

Added to archive on 06/06/2010 and placed in the following categories: Habitat Studies NZ | Regional Biodiversity Info Reports | 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 extensionSubantarctic Forum Letter
Author(s): DOC

Subantarctic Marine Protection Planning forum summary letter

Added to archive on 06/17/2009 and placed in the following categories: Marine Biodiversity NZ | Regional Biodiversity Info Reports | MPA's and Networks NZ | MPA Proposals and Applications |

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