The overall aim of this project is to collate and review scientific information that has been generated on the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve since 1983 to increase our overall understanding of the Poor Knights Islands ecosystem.
A report on the abundance and size of spiny lobster (also known as crayfish and rock lobster) at sites within Cape Rodney–Okakari Point (Goat Island) and Tāwharanui Marine Reserves, and at nearby fished sites in 2014.
Coastal marine habitats and marine protected areas in the New Zealand Territorial Sea: a broad scale gap analysis
This report provides an analysis of which coastal habitats in the New Zealand Territorial Sea are currently represented in areas that meet the New Zealand MPA Protection Standard (the Protection Standard).
This report documents the development of distribution maps for a comprehensive set of demersal fish, using multivariate classification tools to define a fish community classification for the exclusive economic zone of New Zealand.
NIWA staff have developed a classification of the marine environments around New Zealand. In this project the potential to develop a marine environments classification in which the weighting and transformation of variables is specifically tuned with respect to the distributions of demersal fish was explored.
Ecological integrity measures the health of an ecosystem by considering how native, pristine, diverse and resilient it is. This report sets out a strategy to assess trends in the ecological integrity of New Zealand’s marine ecosystems.
Exploration of the use of reserve planning software to identify potential marine protected areas in New Zealand's exclusive economic zone
This report describes results of an exploratory analysis using reserve selection software (Zonation) to evaluate various scenarios for the identification of Marine Protected Areas within New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone.
This research reviewed the concept of functional traits (which considers the role of an organism in an ecosystem) as indicators of ecological integrity, then used this approach to analyse underwater video imagery from Port Pegasus/Pikihatiti.
The Marine Protected Areas: Tier 1 statistic report provides the current statistics relating to marine protected areas (MPAs) inshore of the outer (12 nautical mile) limit of New Zealand’s Territorial Sea.
Scattered across the Southern Ocean are five island groups we call ‘the subantarctics’. Together they form one of the last bastions of nature on the planet. Action now to protect these marine areas will allow us to safeguard this treasure trove for years to come.