Akaroa Marine Reserve
On the 8th of June 2014, Akaroa Marine Reserve was established and is New Zealand’s newest marine reserve. After 20 years of fighting for the cause, this was achieved by the wonderful Akaroa Marine Protection Society, which included the founders of Akaroa Dolphins, Hugh & Pip Waghorn, whom realised the need for greater protection of the marine environment and to ensure the future health of Akaroa harbour. This organisation in New Zealand also aims to educate the community about the need for marine conservation.
Marine protected areas mean all marine life is protected and that fishing and any removal of living or non-living marine resource is prohibited. Marine research has shown that hundreds of species benefit from habitat protection, including our endangered Hector’s dolphins and fish population. We believe that providing the support our naturally beautiful harbour deserves, it will remove the biggest threats to our marine life, subsequently encouraging a boost to the future breeding of all species that call the harbour home.
For more information visit:
Department of Conservation - Akaroa Marine Reserve
Wikipedia - Akaroa Marine Reserve
Written by Sophie Wadley