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Proposed changes to NZ marine protection – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on January 13th, 2016.

New types of marine reserves and community decision-making feature in legislation overhauling the protection of New Zealand’s marine life. The Government has opened consultation on a proposed Marine Protected Areas Act, a replacement to the Marine Reserves Act 1971. The proposal outlines four categories of protected areas: Marine reserves Species-specific sanctuaries Seabed reserves Recreational fishing parks […]

Marine Protected Area definition too loose – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 28th, 2015.

Countries should move away from establishing ‘Marine Protected Areas’ (MPAs) with varying limits on fishing activity and focus on clear cut ‘no-take’ marine reserves, say New Zealand marine biologists. Prof Mark Costello and Dr Bill Ballantine from the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Lab outlined the argument in a new article published in the journal […]

Big marine conservation questions – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on March 3rd, 2015.

As part of a series on Seaweek 2015, New Zealand Herald science reporter Jamie Morten looks at the big questions in marine conservation. An excerpt (read in full here): Five key questions to saving sea creatures Nearly 10 per cent of our coastal marine area is now safeguarded by reserves. But are we really doing […]

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 […]

Dolphins protected in reserves, but still at risk of extinction

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2012.

New research has shown the survival of Hector’s dolphins in Marine Protected Areas is slightly increasing due to a lack of net fishing – but the dolphins are still at risk of extinction. The study, published this week in the Journal of Applied Ecology, details the findings of a 21-year survey of dolphin numbers in […]

Picking winners in troubled waters – marine reserves

Peter Griffin posted in on December 8th, 2011.

Designating ecologically-poor slabs of the ocean — which miners and fishers don’t want — as marine protected areas (MPA) is “ridiculous” a major science journal, Nature, says in an editorial. “Good” MPAs such as those in Hawaii and around the Great Barrier Reef could bring great benefits, from saving individual species from extinction to preserving […]

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