Our recommendations

Using different processes to protect marine environments.

We recommend that the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for Primary Industries:

  1. consider how any reform to marine biodiversity protection legislation, policy, or planning could support greater collaboration between parties, and ultimately provide more timely, appropriate, and sustainable protection for New Zealand’s unique marine biodiversity; and
  2. work together ahead of time to collect and collate all available information on an area that is being considered for marine protection or management to ensure that it is available to members of Marine Protection Planning Forums or working groups in a timely way.