MPA Forum Process

final vol1 fig3 allareas 0Otago South Coast MPA proposalsThere have been five marine protection forums established to date tasked with planning marine protection and management of coastal waters in New Zealand. They have all been different in structure and process. Otago South Coast and Hauraki Gulf are currently in the later stages of their process, leading to recommendations to the Government. We have created an information page for each of these processes to assist in learning about the challenges and opportunities for future forums.

Hauraki Gulf Spatial Plan 

South Island West Coast Marine Protection Forum

Kaikoura Marine Management Plan

Otago South Coast Marine Protection Forum

Fiordland Marine Management Plan

RMA Processes

Northland SEA map2Northland's marine significant ecological areas mapped

In the future, will the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement and the Resource Management Act provide guidance and tools to protect and restore marine biodiversity and engage local communities? We explore this developing potential with two pages that look at what is currently happening in two areas of work.

The Motiti Rohe Moana Trust in the Bay of Plenty and their attempts to manage local marine reserves and establish Rahui (closed areas) under the RMA.

The development of mapping and information systems detailing marine Significant Ecological Areas and the significance of this work for marine protection planning - case studies Northland Regional Council and Marlborough Sounds.  

Marine Reserves in NZ

nz marine reserves map newThere are 34 no-take marine reserves in New Zealand waters as of August 2011.  

We profile four established and successful marine reserves. Each link contains an archive of the documents that supported the establishment of each reserve. Use these to guide your work in designing and proposing new reserves. This is a small sample of all the hard work behind our existing network. 

Whangarei Harbor Marine Reserve         

 Tapuateranga Marine Reserve

Te Tapuwai o Te Rongokako Marine Reserve

Cape Rodney to Okakiri Point Marine Reserve 

International Network Examples


bigocean All Members 14sites crop FINAL MAY2014 1024x598Marine Protection Networks outlined in redHow much of our global ocean is protected? The United Nations target for 2020 is ten percent. Currently just three percent of New Zealands ocean waters are in marine protected areas. Another one percent is proposed. More than ninety percent of the world's oceans have no form of protection. Of even more concern is that much of what is described as MPA's are various management arrangements, which do not necessarily deliver biodiversity protection. Only one percent of the ocean is strongly protected in no-take marine reserves.

Go to the MPA Atlas web site to dive into the details of world's Marine Protected Areas. See our case study on Marae Moana and MPA's in the Cook Islands.

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