EDS welcomes Hauraki Gulf ‘Sea Change’ initiative
Media Release: EDS welcomes Hauraki Gulf ‘Sea Change’ initiative
The Hauraki Gulf marine spatial plan initiative, known as ‘Sea Change’, was officially launched last night. A collaborative plan will be developed over the next two years with the aim of protecting the health, productivity and sustainability of the Hauraki Gulf.
“We very much welcome the commencement of this initiative, which has been in gestation for some years” said EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart.
“The Hauraki Gulf is of enormous value to the community, but it is has long been in decline. The Sea Change initiative provides the opportunity to turn this situation around.
“Marine spatial planning is at the cutting edge of marine management internationally, and is increasingly being adopted by countries around the world.
“Its application to the Gulf will enable key issues such as fisheries management, marine protection and catchment impacts to be considered in an integrated manner.
“We would encourage all sectors to get behind this initiative. Everyone stands to benefit from a healthier and more productive Gulf”, concluded Ms Peart.