This literature review summarises the objectives for the 44 marine reserves established in NZ to date. For example, objectives may be to protect biodiversity generally, or to protect a particular species or habitat. Objectives may also be to provide for scientific, educational and cultural values.
Agreeing on objectives for protection helps with the design, size and location of marine protected areas. Setting clear objectives also drives the monitoring that will be needed.
Report prepared by Rovellini and Shaffer for DOC.