South-East Marine Protection Forum
Get the recommendations report and find out more about the work of the South-East Marine Protection Forum.
The proposed network
The Minister of Conservation and Minister of Fisheries have agreed to progress Network 1 as set out in the Forum’s recommendations report because it best meets the objectives of the Marine Protected Areas Policy (PDF, 809K).
Ministers believe this option will create the best protection for important habitats found in the South Island’s south-eastern coastal area including foraging areas for marine mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates.
DOC and Fisheries New Zealand will now work to progress the proposed network under the Fisheries Act (1996) and the Marine Reserves Act (1971).
The Marine Reserves Act requires public notification of an application for an Order in Council (OIC) to declare a marine reserve. The Department of Conservation will prepare the application for an OIC based on the Forum’s Recommendations Report. The Fisheries Act requires public consultation as part of its process.
DOC and Fisheries New Zealand will undertake consultation with tangata whenua, stakeholders and the public.
Agencies will also continue to work with Kāi Tahu to explore their aspirations for establishing and managing Marine Protected Areas in the region. This includes what co-management of the proposed Marine Protected Areas will look like.
- Recommendations report (PDF, 17,879K)
- Map of Network 1 (PDF, 1,149K)
- Paper from Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries to Cabinet Environment, Energy and Climate Committee 14 March 2019 (PDF, 212K)
- Minute of Cabinet Environment, Energy and Climate Committee 14 March 2019 (PDF, 115K)
What's happening now
The next step towards establishing a network of Marine Protected Areas on the South Island’s south-east coast is public consultation.
While the South-East Marine Protection Forum consulted widely before making their recommendations, the public has not been consulted on the network in its current form.
Ministers want to ensure they have a good understanding of public perspectives on the proposed network before making a final decision.
DOC and the Fisheries New Zealand are currently working on establishing a process for public consultation that will involve tangata whenua, the community and stakeholders.
We will provide more information on the consultation process when it is available.