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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.
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.
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.
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.
A key message poster for wide distribution
Mediterranean fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii) is a marine bristle worm with a single spiral fan (radiole) with a greatly reduced semicircular fan. Fanworm can rapidly forms large dense colonies on submerged hard surfaces. The filter feeding fanworm is native to the Mediterranean and a highly invasive marine pest here in New Zealand.
WWF-NZ is calling for the Kermadec region to be set aside as a marine sanctuary to help restore some of NZ’s clean green reputation
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.
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
Programme for the wananga to be held at Poihakena Marae, Raglan, Waikato, Sunday 15th – Tuesday 17th January 2012
Theme: ACTION for marine and freshwater conservation.
Purpose: An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation.
• Provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for sustainability initiatives & projects. (School and/or community based).
• To provide professional development.
• To provide a forum to discuss ideas on how we can foster and take more action for marine and freshwater conservation.
• Ensure strong delivery of Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection (WBC) concepts around New Zealand.
Report outlining the recommendations for MPA’s on the West Coast 2011
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