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6.4 Compliance and law enforcement

It is important that restrictions in MPAs are adequately enforced and provision is made to address any offences. The proposed MPA Act will make sure offence provisions for all four categories of MPAs are consistent with other relevant legislation for protected area management, resource use, and effects management.

New Zealand has a developed system for combined maritime law enforcement, including use of conservation, fisheries, naval, air force and police capacity. Compliance and law enforcement provisions for all MPAs will operate within this system.