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6.2 Involving communities in managing marine protected areas

Communities play an important role in managing New Zealand’s existing marine reserves, and their involvement in managing MPAs will be strengthened under the new MPA Act. For example, there is likely to be a high degree of interest in recreational fishing parks, so recreational fishers will be encouraged to take greater responsibility in decision-making within these parks.

Māori involvement in managing MPAs will also be strengthened, including membership of any advisory boards created under the new MPA Act.