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

 


Australia leaps far ahead in Marine Protected Areas

Media Release, 19 November 2012 ,Wellington

Australia leaps far ahead of New Zealand in Marine Protected Areas

Australia now has marine protected areas network covering 36% of the Australian marine environment several order of magnitudes ahead of New Zealand, the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO) said today.

“Last week the Australian Government announced the addition of 44 new protected areas which will in total cover 2.3 million square kilometres,” ECO Co-Chairperson, Barry Weeber said.

“In contrast the New Zealand network covers less than 0.3 percent of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and territorial sea and just over 7 percent of the territorial sea.”

Mr Weeber said in total the Australian marine protected areas have a no-take component which covers over 13% of their marine area. “As well as prohibiting fishing these areas also prohibit mining.”

“Overall this is the largest network of marine protected areas and no-take marine reserves around the world.”

Mr Weeber said in contrast New Zealand has yet to pass revised Marine Reserves legislation which is been languishing in Parliament for over 10 years.

“Legislation to Gazette marine reserves around the Bounty, Campbell and Antipodes Islands has still not had its first reading in Parliament after being tabled in July last year.”

Mr Weeber said the Australian new reserves have been proclaimed in all of Australia's six large marine regions.

Mr Weeber said the new areas protected include the new Coral Sea Marine Reserve which covers 989,842 km2. “This area alone is nearly 80 times New Zealand’s current marine reserves and mining will be prohibited in this area.”

“The Coral Sea Marine Reserve is area that has been protected for its important biodiversity and its near pristine condition.”

Mr Weeber said that New Zealand’s South Pacific island neighbours are well ahead of New Zealand in Marine Protection.

“There are a number of other large marine protected areas in the Pacific including the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiribati which covers 408,250 km2. The Cook Islands is investigating protection of over 1 million square kilometres and IUCN - the World Conservation Union is supporting this endeavour.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Flyover Over: NZTA Not Appealing Flyover Decision

The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

Developing Crown Land: Government, Auckland Iwi Reach Agreement

The government has reached agreement with Ngati Whatua and other Auckland iwi over developing 500 hectares of excess land in Auckland for private housing which had been under High Court challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news