Marine Reserves reform

A surprising outcome from EDS’s Wild Places conference last week was the revelation that there is a likely parliamentary majority to extend the anticipated marine protected areas legislation to embrace the Exclusive Economic Zone. In the Government’s discussion paper, which received around 5000 submissions, the proposal was limited to the territorial sea.

Extending marine protection to the EEZ makes good sense. Development activities (oil, gas, mining and fishing) can take place there so why not protection? Labour, the Greens, NZ First and the Maori Party all agree. If United Future joins in then there’s a majority in the parliament.

You’d expect National to come to the party as well. After all, it was one of their pre-election commitments.

Published August 2016

Last updated at 2:48PM on August 18, 2016