Marine biodiversity and taonga species: slipping through the cracks
EDS's lawyer Madeleine Wright and Sally Gepp (Environmental Lawyer, Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society) have and article published in the latest Resource Management Journal (RMJ). Marine biodiversity and taonga species are being lost in the gap between regional coastal plan and Fisheries Act spheres of control. Yet if the ocean’s ecosystems fail, the fishing industry will too. Recent reports paint a distressing picture of species decline and the deleterious effects of fishing, illustrating the extent to which New Zealand’s fisheries and marine management systems are failing. A key reason for this poor environmental outcome is a lack of clarity regarding roles and responsibilities of the entities tasked with maintaining and protecting marine biodiversity.
Read the full article on page 15 of the journal here.