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Antarctic marine protection bids fail – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on November 2nd, 2015.

Two proposals to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Antarctic waters have failed to be adopted by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) at its annual meeting in Hobart. Proposals for MPAs in the Ross Sea and the East Antarctic coastal region were discussed, but the required final consensus by […]

UPDATED: Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on September 29th, 2015.

The Kermadec Islands and surrounding ocean – one of the Pacific’s most diverse and pristine marine environments – is to be protected from all forms of fishing and mining. The Prime Minister’s announced the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary this week at the United Nations in New York. More information, including a Q&A, is available on […]

Marine protected areas on the West Coast

John Kerr posted in on June 17th, 2015.

Almost 10,000 hectares of ocean off the West Coast of the South Island will be protected from damaging commercial fishing. Three new marine protected areas (MPAs) on the West Coast were announced this week by Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry. “These new MPAs will add 9557 hectares to New Zealand’s […]

Marine protection a ‘diplomatic process’ – Gareth Morgan

John Kerr posted in on April 24th, 2012.

Economist Gareth Morgan and his associate Geoff Simmons write about the pitfalls of campaigning for Marine Protected Areas in today’s New Zealand Herald. Dr Morgan recently returned from the Our Far South expedition, which aimed raise New Zealanders’ awareness of the importance of the Antarctica, the subantarctic islands and the Southern Ocean. An excerpt (read […]

Antarctic Alliance group seeks marine reserves

John Kerr posted in on February 29th, 2012.

An alliance of major conservation and environmental groups is calling for the establishment of a series of marine reserves around Antarctica, with a particular focus on the Ross Sea. In a report released this week, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance identified 19 areas that should be included within a Southern Ocean network of Marine Protected Areas […]

Ross Sea: Should NZ seek protection for the last ocean?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 9th, 2011.

South African ecologist Professor Steven L  Chown wants to see New Zealand seek special marine protection status for the whole of the Ross Sea. NZ research voyages in 2001, 2004 and 2008  gathered data for a scientific case for special United Nations protection for the marine ‘oasis’ around the Balleny Islands, a biodiversity hotspot seen […]

Science in danger of being diluted in marine reserve discussions

Peter Griffin posted in on September 12th, 2008.

by Dr Rebecca McLeod I recently went to a talk by Kim Hill entitled “Is science something we should fear?” Being a scientist, I thought Kim was making a joke. Why would the public not value and embrace the knowledge and lessons learned by people that in essence, spend their time trying to better understand […]

Coral reef conservation failing

Peter Griffin posted in on August 27th, 2008.

One of the largest studies to date of coral reef protection measures warns that conservation zones are in the wrong place to protect reefs from collapse. Research published today in the journal PLoS ONE by an international team of scientists indicates that current zones or ‘No-take areas’ (NTAs) are vulnerable to the effects of climate […]

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