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

 

Critical habitats missing from NZ Ross Sea reserve proposal

Comparison of the
New Zealand Ross Sea marine reserve proposal and key
biodiversity hot spots in the Ross Sea
region
Click for big version.

Map 1: Comparison of the New Zealand Ross Sea marine reserve proposal and key biodiversity hot spots in the Ross Sea region. This map shows how the critical parts of the Ross Sea region are excluded from the marine reserve proposal. This data for this map is taken from the New Zealand proposal and data submitted to CCAMLR in 2010. A more detailed copy of the map can be found on page 14 of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance’s Ross Sea report, titled Antarctic Ocean Legacy: A Marine Reserve for the Ross Sea. Source data for identifying the biodiversity hot spots can be found at Ballard, G., Jongsomjit, D. and Ainley, D.G. 2010 Ross Sea Bioregionalisation Part II: Patterns of co-occurrence of mesopredators in an intact polar ocean ecosystem, CCAMLR Report, WG-EMM-10/12 Hobart, Tasmania.

Critical habitats missing from NZ Ross Sea marine reserve proposal - AOA

WELLINGTON, 12 September 2012 – An alliance of conservation and environment organisations spanning the globe has criticised New Zealand’s revamped Ross Sea marine reserve proposal as failing to show conservation leadership in international negotiations over the future of the region.



The AOA has mapped the New Zealand Government’s proposal against data showing the richness of life in much of the Ross Sea region. The map shows that core areas of the Ross Sea region have been excluded from the marine reserve to preserve fishing interests. The proposal contains a map that shows how carefully the lines on the map have been drawn to avoid the main fishing grounds.

“The New Zealand Government has taken great care to preserve fishing grounds; it’s disappointing that equal care wasn’t taken to protect the critical marine habitats of key Ross Sea wildlife,” said Antarctic Ocean Alliance New Zealand coordinator Geoff Keey.

“By focusing protection on those areas that aren’t fished and ignoring critical habitats inside fishing grounds, New Zealand is aiming to preserve the status quo while appearing to make a grand gesture for conservation.”

Keey said that Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully recently said ‘I would like to think that if we are going to move to putting a stronger priority on conservation issues that New Zealand would lead that charge’.

“Minister McCully’s Cabinet colleagues appear to have stymied his ambition and we hope they reconsider opportunities to show leadership over the next few weeks,” Keey said.

“If New Zealand is serious about creating a legacy for future generations in the Ross Sea it would be working with the United States to protect the critical habitats of the world’s least impacted ocean. Instead New Zealand appears to be campaigning to protect fishing.”

“The one silver lining is that New Zealand is proposing to protect the Scott Seamounts – undersea mountains that the Antarctic Ocean Alliance has identified as a priority for protection.”

Comparison of the
New Zealand Ross Sea marine reserve proposal and key fishing
grounds
Click for big version.

Map 2: Comparison of the New Zealand Ross Sea marine reserve proposal and key fishing grounds. This map is a reproduction of the map on page 5 of the New Zealand Ross Sea marine reserve proposal. It shows that New Zealand has excluded the areas with concentrated fishing effort, even where those areas have high biodiversity.

In less than 50 days, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) – the body that regulates fishing and protection of these waters – will meet in Hobart, Tasmania to debate proposals for Ross Sea protection.

“The Antarctic Ocean Alliance strongly encourages New Zealand and the US to continue to strive towards a joint proposal at CCAMLR in late October that provides real conservation leadership that all participating countries can support, while we have a window of opportunity to protect this incredible habitat,” said Keey.

“New Zealand has shown an intransigent approach to date and now needs to consider how it will avoid a train wreck at negotiations on Antarctic marine protection at the CCAMLR meeting later this year.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mosque Shooting Response: Ban On Military Style Semi-Automatics And Assault Rifles

Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says... Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.

“An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme...All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned." More>>

RNZ Report: No Mention Of Right-Wing Threat In 10 Years Of GCSB/SIS Docs
There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from the Security Intelligence Service or the GCSB. More>>

Two Minute Silence Friday: Auckland Mosques Opening Their Doors To All
Mosques in the four corners of Auckland will open their doors on Friday night for people of all faiths to gather in remembrance of the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch shootings. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels