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10 years - Experiencing Marine Reserves

emrA celebration of the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme over the last 10 years, showcasing its growth, development and achievements. Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) provides quality first-hand marine education experiences and initiatives to schools and communities throughout New Zealand.


Like more fish? Us too.

vid-chrisCheck out this charming short movie Like More Fish? narrated by Chris Richmond with Vicky Froude as diver exploring the rich diversity of marine life at Kapiti Marine Reserve. 

Saving the ocean one island at a time

greg-stoneAboard Mission Blue, scientist Greg Stone tells the story of how he helped the Republic of Kiribati create an enormous protected area in the middle of the Pacific -- protecting fish, sealife and the island nation itself.

Brian Skerry reveals ocean’s glory — and horror

brian-skerryPhotographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves -- as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change.

A Tribute to Bill Ballantine (1937-2015)

bill thumbWithout any doubt Bill's contribution to marine conservation is legendary stuff. I would argue that Bill sits in a class of his own in our short New Zealand history of marine conservation. Last year he released a paper reviewing 50 years of experience with marine reserves; the fact that it is 50 years of his own direct experience is testament to his commitment.

Smart Talk: Tangaroa and Poseidon - our oceans

snapperInteresting discussion on the worrying state of our fisheries:

"Wallace Chapman talks with marine scientists Dr Rochelle Constantine and Dr Tom Trnski, the musician Don McGlashan and the CEO of Sustainable Coastlines Sam Judd about the oceans which surround us. Among the many issues they traverse is the complex one of how we protect our marine reserves while still sustaining a fishing industry"


Are we ready for finfish aquaculture in Northland?

50.-Oyster-farm-2-465x261On Monday there was a press release revealing the council ambitions for a $300m aquaculture industry by 2030. On Friday, submissions close for the first step in this programme – a resource consent application from Waingaroa Fisheries Company Ltd to erect finfish farming structures, primarily for kingfish, in Owanga Bay, Whangaroa Harbour.

Endangered species: A hole in the net

swimming-with-dolphinsThis article appeared in the New Zealand Herald last weekend. While on the surface is it about marine mammals, the story it reveals is the environmental travesty that lies at the heart of our legislative. It is a "pass the buck" culture, which allows serious, hard decisions to be avoided, with the default position that economics wins the day, with "science" - adapted to suit the desired outcome - waved in our faces.

Current State of MPA Science

EscherINTERVIEW: In recent years, ecologist Joachim Claudet has been at the forefront of MPA science. His studies of European marine reserves — which found that the older and larger a marine reserve is, the greater the density of large fish inside it is — have held important implications for MPA network design and fisheries management (“Older and larger reserves have more large fish“, MPA News 10:11).

Hector's dolphin debate

While Hector's dolphins are not a central concern of Fish Forever, our friends in Akaroa are very worried about the plight of the species. There has been some debate over a recent report written by Dr Liz Slooten and Dr Nick Davies, with David Middleton challenging the validity of conservationist claims in the Dominion Post recently (the author of the study was accused of "cherry picking"). Here is a response from Barbara Maas that is posted here to enable those who have been following the debate to keep on doing just that!

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