8 January 2015
Does the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana need more marine reserves?
A chance for public input on future plans for the Gulf
Does the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana need new protected areas, such as marine reserves? And if so, where might they be located?
Those are two questions being asked in a comprehensive online survey of major issues facing the Gulf.
The online survey will help the Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari project develop the first Hauraki Gulf marine spatial plan by June this year. This plan will ultimately inform how the Gulf is shared, used and safeguarded, now and for future generations.
Nick Main, the independent chair of the project’s Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) who are tasked with developing the plan, says the survey also provides insight into the key issues identified so far by the project’s Roundtable working groups.
The survey includes topical questions on:
- the need to rebuild fish and shellfish stocks
- water quality including the impact of sedimentation , nutrients and contaminants
- invasive marine species and how to combat them
- biodiversity including seabirds and marine species
- boating facilities, water transport, wharves and moorings
- Gulf access and new opportunities for coastal and island communities.
The six online questionnaires are available on the project website www.seachange.org.nz asking specific questions about water quality, fish stocks, biodiversity and biosecurity, aquaculture, Gulf access and infrastructure. Responses are confidential. As an incentive to contribute, all those taking part go into a draw to win prizes.
This is an important opportunity for everyone who uses Gulf beaches, waters and islands to voice their opinions and share their knowledge. The survey will close on 26 January 2015.
Information from all completed questionnaires will go to the SWG for consideration in developing the marine spatial plan.
The six questionnaires reflect the work carried out by six Roundtables, whose reports and analysis has now been fed back to the SWG. The work of a seventh Roundtable – Matauranga Maori – is continuing into 2015.
Media contact/further information
www.seachange.org.nz – all project information and latest updates.
Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari ‘fast facts’ document available: please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.
|Nick MainSea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Independent Chairman
Phone: 021 315 851
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