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The New Zealand Marine Environment Classification Overview

Publication date:  June 2005
Publication reference number:  ME 594

The Marine Environment Classification (MEC) provides a general map that shows the variation in both the physical and biological characteristics of New Zealand's marine area within our Exclusive Economic Zone. It has been developed as a partnership project between the Ministry and NIWA with the support of the Ministry of Fisheries (now the Ministry of Primary Industries) and the Department of Conservation. 

The MEC is available from the MfE data service.

For more information see Marine Environment Classification for management purposes on the NIWA website.