6 Jul 2014

Marine reserves eyed south of Timaru

2:47 pm on 6 July 2014

A bid to create a marine protection area along the east coast of the South Island, from Timaru down to Waipapa Point, near the Catlins, is underway.

The South-East Marine Protection Planning Forum was established by the Department of Conservation, and the Ministry of Primary Industries, in March this year.

The forum chairperson, Maree Baker-Galloway says the initial process is expected to take two years but the end result could involve marine reserves, customary fishing areas, and fishing restrictions.

She said that - other than some customary fishing areas - there were no areas of marine protection from Timaru to Southland.

 The inshore waters at Waipapa Point - deserving of protection.

The inshore waters at Waipapa Point - deserving of protection. Photo: PHOTO NZ