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Media Release - Gulf survey targets Auckland and Coromandel residents and holiday-makers


23 December 2014, 10:00 AM

Auckland and Coromandel residents and holiday-makers are being encouraged to add their voices to a major marine planning exercise in the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana.

MEDIA RELEASE

23 December 2014

Gulf survey targets Auckland and Coromandel residents and holiday-makers

Auckland and Coromandel residents and holiday-makers are being encouraged to add their voices to a major marine planning exercise in the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa Moana.

The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari project is developing the first Hauraki Gulf marine spatial plan. This plan will ultimately inform how the Gulf is shared, used and safeguarded, now and for future generations.

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, access and infrastructure. Responses are confidential. All those taking part go into a draw to win prizes.

The project's Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) is just six months away from completing the marine spatial plan. The information-gathering phase is now over, key issues have been identified, and the SWG will begin developing the plan in January.

SWG independent chair Nick Main said this is a great opportunity for Aucklanders to voice their opinions and share their knowledge.

"This is the last phase of general information-gathering from the public, and an opportunity for people to comment on any of the key issues." The survey will close on 26 January 2015.

The survey includes questions on:

marine protected areas invasive species and how to combat themthe need to rebuild fish and shellfish stocksboating and boating facilitieswater transport, wharves and mooringspollution, nutrients and contaminants.

The six questionnaires reflect the work carried out by six Roundtables, whose reports and analysis will now be fed back to the SWG. A seventh Roundtable – Matauranga Maori – is not included in the survey. Its work is continuing into 2015.

Information from all completed questionnaires will go to the SWG for consideration in developing the marine spatial plan.

ENDS


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: seachangenews@gmail.com  for a copy. 

Grant Hubbard
Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Media Liaison Officer
Phone: 021 223 9018
Email: seachangenews@gmail.com

                          

Nick Main
Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari Independent Chairman
Phone: 021 315 851
Email: nmain@xtra.co.nz

 

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