New New Zealand marine reserve

This video says about itself:

Australasian Gannet (Sula serrator) Colony at Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

From BirdLife:

Marine reserve on home straight


Wellington’s south coast marine reserve came a step closer recently with its formal announcement. The ‘Taputeranga Marine Reserve’ will be opened officially next month; 17 years after Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) first started campaigning for it.

“Having Taputeranga Marine Reserve on Wellington’s doorstep will be a huge bonus,” said Forest & Bird General Manager Mike Britton. “With other marine reserves, as people have seen the growth of fish numbers and other marine life inside and outside the reserve, even opponents have become supporters.”

The 840 hectare reserve is home to Little Penguin Eudyptula minor and Australasian Gannet Morus serrator along with more than 180 species of fish. The Wellington Marine BioBlitz, coordinated by Forest & Bird in October 2007, found more than 600 species inside the proposed reserve in just one month, including at least six species new to science. Common Dolphins, Fur Seals, Orcas (Killer Whales) and whales are also regular visitors to the area.

2 thoughts on “New New Zealand marine reserve

  1. New marine reserve seen as being in wrong place

    Updated at 8:55am on 1 August 2008

    Plans for a marine reserve on Wellington’s south coast have been criticised as well meaning, but misplaced.

    The Taputeranga Marine Reserve is due to open next month, 17 years after the Royal Forest & Bird Society began campaigning for it.

    The reserve stretches 3km along the coast and 2km out to sea.

    Opponents say it sits too close to sewage outflows.

    Wellington Recreational Marine Fishers Association president Jim Mikoz says he supports the reserve, but thinks it is in the wrong place.

    However, Wellington Conservator Alan McKenzie denies the problem is that severe. He says the Department of Conservation has been working with Wellington City Council to improve sewage outflows on the south coast.

    Marine life in the reserve area is described as including more than 180 species of fish and 400 types of seaweed, as well as dolphins, fur seals and whales.

    The reserve will officially open on 7 September.


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