Northland Marine Library - Te Whanau a Tangaroa
A comprehensive public information resource on the Northland Region’s marine environment was released in a CD format in August 2006. This comprehensive resource is now availble online.
Go to the Northland Marine Library Online version
The Northland’s Marine Library, Te Whanau a Tangaroa project has been launched by the Department of Conservation’s Northland Conservancy, in conjunction with the Northland Regional Council and Ministry of Fisheries.
The new resource contains a wealth of information ranging from bathymetric charts to aerial photography and underwater video clips and includes documents such as scientific reports and investigations, management plans and strategies.
Experience and research show that better management decisions are made when everyone has access to the same information and is actively involved in decision-making. There’s a vast array of material around but trying to find it has been really difficult up until now. This new resource means anyone interested has free access to everything we’ve been able to pull together about Northland’s marine environment. The CD has been timed around a growing demand for marine sustainability and more co-ordinated marine management. Developments such as the recent announcement of the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve and research outcomes at Mimiwhangata, along with increasing public and iwi involvement in fisheries management, show a keen interest in what’s happening in Northland’s oceans. The CD means people can easily get the information they need to support that interest and that everyone is on the same footing. It can also be used as a management tool to start or further discussions on marine management options around the region’s coastline." Vince Kerr cousultant for DOC Northland, press release, August 2006.