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.