Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Nuggets should go first

30 January 2005

Nuggets should go first

Forest and Bird is disappointed that the Nuggets marine reserve proposal has again been delayed when it was so close to being advertised by the Department of Conservation.

"Nugget Point and the surrounding islands are biologically rich, and deserve to be a marine reserve," said Forest and Bird's Southern Conservation Officer, Sue Maturin.

"There has been extensive consultation on a marine reserve at Nugget Point in Otago for over 15 years."

Ms Maturin said Forest and Bird believes the application should proceed. "If it is going to be folded into a new marine protected areas process then Otago must be a priority area for this year and not go to the back of the queue."

"The Nuggets have been through extensive consultation twice over the last 15 years. Scientists have studied the area and advised that its biodiversity is unique and there are no other marine reserves in Otago."

"It is clear that under any robust process of ecological assessment, the Nuggets would qualify as a unique area, worthy of the highest level of protection."

"Marine reserves provide the only opportunity to protect whole marine ecosystems, so that we can see what our marine life used to look like," said Ms Maturin. "Marine reserves are also crucial for our understanding of fish biology and ecology that will help guide management elsewhere."

Ms Maturin said that Nugget Point/Tokata is an area representative of the many different types of coastal habitats within Otago and Southland's diverse marine ecosystem.

"The area includes: shallow water reefs (great for snorkelling and monitoring marine life); deep, exposed coastal and open waters (that support abundant marine mammal life and sea birds) and important Macrocystis (sea weed/kelp) reefs that support the underwater ecosystem."


Notes:

The Nuggets is important for breeding, foraging and/ or moulting purposes by a variety of both endemic and visiting marine wildlife. This includes:

* Seabirds including red-billed and black-backed gulls, spotted and Stewart Island shags, sooty shearwaters and is the only area on the east coast of the South Island to support a small colony of Australasian gannets.

* Penguins including: yellow-eyed, blue, rockhopper, Fiordland crested, Snares crested and erect crested.

* Marine mammals including: sea lions, elephant seals, fur seals, leopard seals, dolphins and whales; Nugget Point/Tokata area is the only place on mainland New Zealand where elephant seals, New Zealand sea lions and New Zealand fur seals co-exist.

* There are also many fish and shellfish species and important features of the marine habitat include extensive seaweeds, rocky outcrops, sheltered and exposed bays and nutrient dispersal through cold water circulation.

Currently the proportion of mainland New Zealand's coastal waters in this form of protection is less than one percent, yet about 30 percent of land is protected for conservation purposes. There is currently only one marine reserve on the East Coast of the South Island.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news