The Minister of Conservation, Hon Eugenie Sage, was in Dunedin yesterday at Otakou Marae, attending the last meeting of the South-East Marine Protection Forum (SEMPF). Also attending, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, the Hon Stuart Nash, was the … Continue reading
The South-East Marine Protection Forum/Roopu Manaaki ki te Toka has been granted an extension for the delivery of its Recommendation Report to the Minister for Conservation and Minister of Primary Industries. The new delivery date of 20 December 2017 was … Continue reading
The South-East Marine Protection Forum met in Dunedin for two days on 31 July and 1 August to continue their site-specific deliberations. Forum Chair, Maree Baker-Galloway says the Forum made good progress towards assessing and verifying all information available for … Continue reading
The South-East Marine Protection Forum met in Dunedin for two days on 28 and 29 May in final preparation before beginning their site-specific deliberations. Prior to this meeting, the Forum had been working on gathering together a number of resources … Continue reading
FORUM COMMITTED TO UNDERSTANDING SUBMITTERS’ FEEDBACK (8th May 2017) The chair of the South- East Marine Protection Forum, Maree Baker- Galloway says she wants all submitters to have confidence that their feedback has been considered and understood. “We are going … Continue reading
30th March 2017 The South-East Marine Protection Forum/Roopu Manaaki ki te Toka has determined it needs more time for its deliberation process. The Forum have been working to a government deadline of 28 April 2017, for the delivery of its … Continue reading
2800 Submissions Received on Marine Protection Proposals Thanks to each and every one of you who provided a submission. We have received a total of approximately 2800 submissions. Forum Chair, Maree Baker- Galloway says she was very pleased at … Continue reading
The Minister of Conservation and the Minister for Primary Industries have endorsed the appointment of Steve Bennett as a recreational fishers’ representative on the Forum. Mr Bennett is the current secretary of the Green Island Fishing Club as well as … Continue reading
The South-East Marine Protection Forum has released the 2803 submissions received through its consultation process in late 2016.
The Forum consulted on 20 proposed sites for possible inclusion in a network of marine protected areas from Timaru to Waipapa Point. The submissions received represent a wide range of stakeholders and demonstrate a high level of engagement and public interest.
Forum chair Maree Baker-Galloway says it is important that the views of those who took the time to provide feedback are available to all interested parties.
“We aim to be as transparent as possible. Now everyone who is invested in the outcome can see the wealth of information and opinions we are considering before making our final recommendations.”
The Forum has also released an independent Summary of Submissions and an independent Summary of Science Submissions. The documents are intended to make the information more accessible for the Forum and the public. The Forum will refer to the summaries and the original submissions throughout its deliberations.
The submissions and the summaries appear on the Forum website at https://south-eastmarine.org.nz/yoursay/summary-of-submissions/. Private and commercially sensitive information has been removed.
The Department of Conservation and the Ministry for Primary Industries have approved an extension for deliberations until the end of September. The deadline for a final recommendation report to Ministers is under review. The Forum is aiming to complete the report by the end of 2017.