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How can we reverse the decline?
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All of us who love the ocean, let's take on the challenge of marine protection for the Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands marine protection is urgently needed

Clear waters - clean waters - dynamic waters - productive waters - treasured waters

Below are our thoughts on a suite of tools that can begin to reverse the decline in Bay of Islands marine life.

Kotahi - everyone with an interest in Tangaroa working together

All of us who love the ocean, let's get together and take on the challenge of marine protection for the Bay of Islands. We need to make sacrifices to protect what we love and start to reverse the decline.
Future generations must be able to enjoy Tangaroa's abundance.

working together

No-take areas deliver

We believe no-take areas form a vital part of effective marine protection.

We hope the new marine protected areas legislation contains an option for long term rahui-tapu that can be intitiated by local hapu.

no take marine reserve

Kaitiakitanga - customary management

Ngā Hapū o Taiamai ki Te Marangi in the west, and Patukeha and Ngati Kuta hapū of Te Rawhiti, hold mana moana through their gazetted rohe moana areas in the Bay.

Their rohe moana committees are in a  position to bring about change in the way the Bay of Islands fishery is managed.

BOI areasThe Bay of Islands rohe moana boundaries

Manage the fishery for higher abundance

Let’s choose to manage our fisheries to have more fish in the sea. Historically NZ's fisheries management decisions have been based on trying to keep fish stocks at just 20% of natural abundance. Managing for 50% natural abundance would mean more fish, bigger fish.

BOI areas

A voluntary fishing accord

Simple actions we can take to conserve fish stocks. Here's just a few:

  • Put the big snapper and big crayfish back.  They deal to kina and keep our rocky reefs healthy
  • Catching kingfish, hapuka or bass? Take home just one big fish in total per angler per day
  • Snorkel for scallops, tank dive if you must, but please leave your dredge in the garage.

BOI areas

Take local action to reduce sedimentation
  • Approx 500,000 tonnes of silt surges down our rivers to be deposited in Bay of Islands waters every year.
  • That's 2.4mm on the seabed each year.
  • In the last 150 years, sedimentation has been 22 times greater than the last 10,000 years!

It covers shellfish beds, displaces kelp forests, turns rock seabeds to mud, and extinguishes important deepwater habitats.

Where it comes from

  • Native forest and manuka scrubland contribute only 4.8% of the silt, despite being 20% of the land cover.
  • Beef and dairy farming contribute 51.6%.
  • Clear felled pine forests contribute 19%.

Native forest and manuka scrubland contribute a miniscule 24 thousand tonnes, even though they make up 20% of the land cover.

siltThis is approximately what 500,000 tonnes of sediment looks like by volume. Enough to create a pile on a rugby field 51 metres high!

graphBreak down of contributors to Bay of Islands sedimentation

Marine pests are a huge threat, let's keep them out of the Bay

Marine invaders are one of the great threats to the world’s oceans, arguably more sinister than land-based pests.

  • There hasn’t yet been complete eradication of a single marine pest in New Zealand.
  • Marine invaders are typically difficult to detect and monitor.
  • They are usually fast growing, breed prolifically, can survive all sorts of environmental conditions, and have few natural predators.
  • Some are highly competitive, displacing native plants and animals. Others alter the underwater seascape and change the way ecosystems function.

fanworm opuaFanworm on boat hull. Photo: Northland Regional Council

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nudi spongeAll of us with an interest and love of Tangaroa, let's work together and take on the challenge of marine protection for the Bay.

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