May 26, 2020
Ambitious plan to extend gulf protection
The Hauraki Gulf Forum wants at least 30 percent of Tīkapa Moana granted marine protection.
That’s up from the 20 percent goal set last year.
Other goals adopted at its meeting yesterday include the restoration of 1000 square kilometres of shellfish beds and reefs, and two new goals are riparian planting of streams leading in to the gulf, and an end to marine dumping.
Co-chair Nicola MacDonald says the ocean is not a rubbish bin and there is nothing being dumped at sea that can’t be disposed of on land.
Co-chair Pippa Coom says the 30 percent reserve goal is driven by science, and it can be achieved through a variety of protection mechanisms, including indigenous and regulatory tools.
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