Hauraki Gulf Forum votes to increase marine park protection
The Hauraki Gulf Forum, the statutory body tasked with progressing integrated management of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, today recommended two significant goals for the important and much-loved marine park.
Consistent with the Forum’s strategic issues, the Forum voted to recommend two aspirational long-term goals for the 12,000 km2 Hauraki Gulf Marine Park:
• That at least 20 per cent of the
waters be protected
• That restoration efforts establish 1000 km2 of shellfish-beds and reefs.
“Bold action is required to stem continued ecological decline below the waterline” - Forum Chairperson John Meeuwsen.
“At present only a tiny percentage, 0.3 per cent, of the Marine Park is covered by ‘no-take’ marine reserves and we need to dramatically lift our collective ambition.”
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