Is it ironic that New Zealand is still actively protecting more marine areas through strong partnerships between recreational and commercial fishers, Traditional Owners (Iwi), tourism, and conservation orgs and managers, while Victoria’s highly protected MPAs (5.3% of coastal waters) are still seen as debatable by some sectors?
As someone who has been fortunate to visit this beautiful area it is really pleasing to see the relatively small MPA that was at Kaikoura, that is generally well supported by locals, will be further expanded through a range of management approaches including NZs largest no take area.
What can we learn from this inclusive approach to marine conservation???
Regards, Mark Rodrigue