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Section 3: The proposal: a new approach to marine protection

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As outlined in section 2, the current approach to marine protection does not deliver a satisfactory system for sustainably managing New Zealand’s oceans. We have an opportunity to improve the way we protect and provide for the best use of New Zealand’s marine environment.

The Government is proposing a broad new approach that provides protection of all elements of biodiversity while also enabling varying levels of use. It proposes to repeal the Marine Reserves Act and replace it with a modern and fit-for-purpose Marine Protected Areas Act (MPA Act).

As part of the Government’s proposed reform of the marine protection framework, it also intends to establish new recreational fishing parks in the Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds. Section 5 provides more detail about each of the proposed recreational fishing parks.