Three new marine reserves

March 3rd, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Three new , covering 435,000 hectares of ocean, have been set up in the subantarctic today.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith said the reserves would be formally established in sea surrounding the Antipodes, Bounty and Campbell Islands from Perseverance Harbour, Campbell Island.

“The New Zealand Subantarctic Islands are one of the most pristine places on earth and these marine reserves are about keeping them that way,” he said.

“The marine reserve status that takes effect today means there can be no fishing, no mining, no petroleum exploration and no marine farming in these waters.”

The reserves will ensure the protection of an “incredible diversity of wildlife”, he said.

Excellent news.

These new marine reserves mean New Zealand now has “complete ecosystem protection” covering the land and the sea of its Subantarctic Islands, Dr Smith said, and brings New Zealand’s total number of marine reserves to 37.

“The area coming under protection is thirteen times larger than the total area of all the reserves on New Zealand’s three main islands. It will expand the proportion of our territorial sea that is protected to 9.5 per cent, close to the target of 10 per cent recommended by the United Nations.”

Just as we lock some land up as conservation land, it is sensible to protect some marine areas also as reserves.

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13 Responses to “Three new marine reserves”

  1. RRM (9,834 comments) says:

    I’ve always thought the Antipodes Islands would make a great site for a large concrete block dungeon where we could throw the William Bells, David Burtons, Bailey Kurarikis and forget about them.

    Send a supply boat once a year to drop off fresh inmates and the bread ration.

    Reward for good behaviour would be a lid for the bucket they shit in.

    Punishment for misbehaviour would be exile from prison to the sub-antarctic winter outside.

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  2. wreck1080 (3,883 comments) says:

    and the greens came straight out (that guy who still looks like a schoolkid) and criticized the government for not going further.

    What a bunch of sanctimonious f**wits– why can’t they come out and at least congratulate the government for doing what they would do!!!

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  3. BlairM (2,321 comments) says:

    Three more places teeming with fish that now can’t be utilized, and for what? What is the point?!

    Very few New Zealanders will ever venture down that way, so what is the purpose of preserving fish (and maybe even oilfields!) that nobody is ever going to see or experience for themselves?!

    It’s unnecessary populist politics – an utter waste of perfectly good resources. Just beyond stupid.

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  4. Lance (2,635 comments) says:

    @BlairM
    I think you will find having marine reserves actually increases the fish supply in the general area outside the reserve.
    A good management plan like that is good governance.

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  5. Nigel Kearney (984 comments) says:

    “The New Zealand Subantarctic Islands are one of the most pristine places on earth and these marine reserves are about keeping them that way”

    Preventing fishing in 435,000 hectares of ocean does no such thing, and if Labour proposed anything this silly David would be the first to point that out.

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  6. Nookin (3,282 comments) says:

    Wreck
    They interviewed Hughes on telly last night and he effectively said that it was an election year gimmick. They are completely lacking in any sense of grace or dignity.

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  7. Kimble (4,434 comments) says:

    Preventing fishing in 435,000 hectares of ocean does no such thing, and if Labour proposed anything this silly David would be the first to point that out.

    I think you are seriously discounting DPFs tree-hugging chops there Nigel.

    I reckon we’ll have to invest in a few ships to make sure the reserve status is respected.

    I mean, it is important to protect the environment, and if that means we have to buy an aircraft carrier from Bangladesh, then so be it.

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  8. labrator (1,847 comments) says:

    Once again National achieve more Green kudos than the Green party has during its entire existence. Yet who is asked for their opinion on it? The party that bought you the anti-smacking bill.

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  9. Colville (2,261 comments) says:

    The marine reserves are just the pretty shallow bits around the islands.
    Approx 1/5000 th of the southern ocean is take up by the reserves . Big freaking ‘loss’ huh?

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  10. wreck1080 (3,883 comments) says:

    @nookin : i don’t classify creating a marine reserve as a gimmick .

    Handing out free money to one group or another would be a gimmick.

    Just my opinion though.

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  11. Grizz (597 comments) says:

    @RRM. I have also felt the Antipodes would make an ideal spot for a penitentiary. Regular supply drops from the air force would keep them from starving.

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  12. David Garrett (7,110 comments) says:

    I don’t want to be cynical…but I think BlairM has nailed this one… sure marine reserves around our coast are a good thing in multiple ways (including improving the fishing right next door; the fish dont recognise the boundary!) but way down there? I didn’t think I would ever agree with anything Gareth Hughes aged 17 said…but it does sound rather gimmicky to me…an easy way of getting us near some other bullshit UN “target”??

    A miserable prison on the other hand…You wouldn’t need it to be anything elaborate..you’d almost want to encourage the bastards to escape!! No need to go looking for them..

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  13. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    About time long over due

    WATER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN LAND

    Protect it before the Centre Right Pretend Right IDeologist Scum
    and the Low Life left

    sell it to the COMMIES like they are going to do with NZ’s productive land

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