7 Sep 2011

Traditional Cooks conservation areas extended

10:12 am on 7 September 2011

Marine conservation areas in the Cook Islands, called ra'ui, are being extended around the lagoon of the main island, Rarotonga.

Ra'ui are a traditional conservation concept, involving a ban on fishing enforced by community leaders.

A number of new ra'ui signs, paid for under the New Zealand aid programme, have been installed in the Muri beach area, which is a popular tourist area.

This extended ra'ui at Muri will be in effect for a further nine years.

Muri's marine environment has been identified as a conservation priority after confirmation by the Ministry of Marine Resources that shellfish populations are declining.