This report examines how important sites could be identified using consistent criteria.
A comprehensive and representative network of marine protected areas (MPAs) should include sites that are significant for biodiversity (here termed ‘key ecological areas’, or KEAs) as well as more common marine habitats.
The report assesses the datasets that could be used to identify KEAs in New Zealand’s territorial sea and exclusive economic zone. This could be an important input into future marine protection processes.
Report produced by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research for DOC.