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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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Antarctic marine reserve bid fails – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on November 1st, 2013.

Efforts to reach an international agreement establishing a Marine Protected Area in Antarctica’s Ross Sea have failed for the third time in a row. The proposal to create Marine Protected Area (MPA) was a key focus of the annual meeting of the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) taking place in […]

Antarctic reserves back on the agenda at CCAMLR

John Kerr posted in on October 17th, 2013.

Policy makers are hoping an Antarctic conservation meeting in Hobart could lead to no-fish zones in the Southern Ocean, but will the US government shut down throw a spanner in the works? The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is tasked with managing the protection of Antarctic marine ecosystems and is […]

Australia plans world’s largest marine reserve

John Kerr posted in on June 15th, 2012.

The Australian Government has released details of its final Commonwealth Marine Reserves Networks Proposals, revealing plans to create the world’s biggest network of marine reserves. Environment Minister Tony Burke this week released the Government’s final network of marine reserves which – once proclaimed under national environmental law – will increase the number of marine reserves […]

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 […]

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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