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
Submissions closed yesterday on the South-East Marine Protection Forum’s proposed sites for possible inclusion in a network of marine protected areas from Timaru to Waipapa Point. Approximately 2800 submissions have been received.
Forum Chair, Maree Baker- Galloway says she wasn’t surprised at the high level of engagement which the consultation process has generated.
“The south-east coast holds many different values for many different people and I’m encouraged that so many members of the public have been motivated to have their say. The Forum has a big task ahead to reach consensus on its final recommendations to government next year.”
An independent analyst has been engaged to provide a summary of submissions which will be given to the Forum. The feedback and information provided in the submissions will be considered in the Forum’s next round of deliberations and will be influential in shaping the Forum’s final recommendations to government which are intended to be delivered by the end of April 2017.
Any recommendations that the government accept will then be required to go through the relevant statutory process before implementation.