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Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act 2005

This page provides information on the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act 2005.

About the Act

The Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act 2005 recognises the local, national and international importance of the Fiordland marine environment, including the distinct biological diversity, outstanding landscape and cultural heritage.

The Act established:

  • the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area. This area encompasses the waters from Awarua Point on the South Island’s West Coast (40 km north of Milford Sound) to Sandhill Point on the South Island’s south coast, and to 12 nautical miles off the coast
  • within the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area:
    • eight new marine reserves (in addition to two pre-existing reserves). These reserves are subject to the conditions specified in the Act and the provisions of the Marine Reserves Act 1971.
    • a number of small, discrete areas which contain items of special significance. These areas are known as ‘china shops’.

    Both marine reserves and china shops aim to protect important species and habitats, and are subject to strict rules and regulations.

  • a unique management regime.
    • This is led by the Fiordland Marine Guardians – a statutory advisory body appointed by the Minister for the Environment. The Fiordland Marine Guardians have the critical role of facilitating and promoting the integrated management of the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area, including continued community input.
    • The Guardians advise the Ministry for the Environment, Ministry for Primary Industries, the Department of Conservation and Southland Regional Council (collectively known as the management agencies) on the effectiveness of management measures in Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area and likely threats to the area.
    • The Guardians work with the management agencies to provide cooperative and integrated management of the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area.

The Act enables the Guardians to:

  • obtain, share and monitor information on the state of the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area
  • assist the management agencies to prepare and disseminate information
  • monitor the state of the marine environment and biological diversity in the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area
  • plan for the enforcement of and compliance with the management of the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area.

Read the Act

Full text of the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act 2005 [New Zealand Legislation website]. 

Find out more

Further information about the Act including the roles in managing the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area

Reviewed:
17/03/16