A report on how well the current network of MPAs represents the variety of marine habitats we have in New Zealand coastal waters.

New Zealand has a range of marine protected areas (MPAs), but how well do they represent the variety of marine habitats found in our territorial sea? This gaps analysis looked at the coverage of current MPAs based on two design criteria; representation and replication.

The review found current marine protected areas (MPAs) do not protect a representative range of habitats (as defined by the current MPA habitat classification) and that more than 65% of marine habitats are not protected within a marine reserve.

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