Erratum

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 Erratum

The South-East Marine Protection Forum’s consultation document, PROPOSED MARINE PROTECTED AREAS FOR NEW ZEALAND’S SOUTH ISLAND SOUTH-EAST COAST, published on 25 October 2016, contains an error within Volume 1 on page 62.

Under the proposed site ‘D – Pleasant River to Stony Creek’, Figure 18 relating to Commercial Fishing Intensity contains incorrect information. Please refer to the corrected table as below.

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The document has been updated online with the correct information as of 01 December 2016. This is available at https://south-eastmarine.org.nz/yoursay/. We regret any inconvenience caused.

December Newsletter

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South-East Marine Protection Forum – December Newsletter

Erratum

The South-East Marine Protection Forum’s consultation document, PROPOSED MARINE PROTECTED AREAS FOR NEW ZEALAND’S SOUTH ISLAND SOUTH-EAST COAST, published on 25 October 2016, contains an error within Volume 1 on page 62.

Under the proposed site ‘D – Pleasant River to Stony Creek’, Figure 18 relating to Commercial Fishing Intensity contains incorrect information. Please refer to the corrected table as available in the Erratum downloadable here.

The document has been updated online with the correct information as of 01 December 2016. This is available at https://south-eastmarine.org.nz/yoursay/. We regret any inconvenience caused.

High Level of Public Interest

From Bluff to Christchurch, upwards of 500 people have turned out to learn more about the submission process and to further their understanding of the objectives of marine protection on the South Island’s South-East Coast.

In November, the Forum conducted a series of public information sessions throughout the region. These were held in Bluff, Invercargill, Waikawa, Owaka, Balclutha, Dunedin, Port Chalmers, Otago Peninsula, Waikouaiti, Oamaru, Timaru, Christchurch and Cromwell. In addition, Forum members representing the interests of commercial and recreational fishers held a series of well attended meetings with their respective stakeholders.

The public information sessions were run on an informal basis, where members had the opportunity to talk to Forum members and project team members in a more personal one-on-one situation. Resources on hand included A3 maps of each of the 20 proposed sites, the ability to demonstrate on-line, how to use the on-line submission form and how to use the mapping tool SeaSketch.

The meetings were a great opportunity for people to clarify the nature of the Forum’s proposals and to reinforce the fact that at this point none of the 20 proposed sites for marine protection are locked in, and that the feedback and information provided in submissions will be influential in shaping the Forum’s final recommendations to government.

The meetings have also served to reinforce the diversity of views that are held by the community within our region, with many supporting marine protection, and many expressing serious concerns about it.

Media Release – South-East Marine Protection Forum Consulting on 20 Proposed Sites for Marine Protection

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The South-East Marine Protection Forum is releasing a public consultation document and is calling for submissions on initial proposals of 20 sites for possible inclusion in a network of marine protected areas along the South-East Coast of the South Island from Timaru to Waipapa Point.  The official launch date and start of the submission period is Tuesday 25 October.

Forum Chair, Maree Baker -Galloway, says she’s appreciative of the public input that the Forum has already received which has helped shape the consultation document.

“We would not have reached this point if it hadn’t been for those in the community taking the time to tell us what they think. So I thank everyone for their contributions. We are launching this consultation document confident that this spirit of community engagement will continue, and that the public submissions we receive will further shape the final recommendations that the Forum will present to government in order to best protect the biodiversity of our south-east coast.”

The Forum’s work is part of New Zealand’s international commitment to protecting biodiversity in order to help safeguard the long term viability of habitats and ecosystems. Since it was established in 2014 by the Minister of Conservation and the Minister for Primary Industries, the Forum has been working towards meeting the Government objective of providing protection for each marine habitat type in the south-east region.

Using a habitat classification system, 34 habitat types were mapped based on the habitat classification, and three biogenic habitats (kelp forest, bryozoan bed and seagrass).

The MPA Policy, which has informed the Forum’s work, requires a network which will protect representative examples of the full range of marine habitats and ecosystems in the region and also outstanding, rare, distinctive or internationally or nationally important marine habitats and ecosystems.

One example of each habitat type is to be fully protected in a marine reserve, as well as replicated in another MPA.

The MPA Policy is underpinned by a commitment to minimise the adverse impacts of marine protection on existing users of the marine environment and on Treaty settlement obligations.

Maree Baker-Galloway says, “In our deliberations to date we have had to make some difficult choices about options for biodiversity protection. In particular, the Forum has had to carefully consider the impacts of potential marine protected areas on manawhenua and existing users.

“Using the information we have gathered from the community, from scientists, and from literature, along with our own knowledge and experience, Forum members have now developed 20 potential sites for protection from Timaru to Waipapa Point, in respect of which we must now formally consult, to get further information. Within some of the proposed sites we have also created options to be consulted on as alternatives.”

The proposed marine protected areas for consultation are:

  • A Tuhawaiki to Pareora (Type 2)
  • B Waitaki Coastal (Type 1)
  • C Waitaki Offshore (Type 2)
  • D Pleasant River to Stony Creek (Type 1)
  • E Bryozoan Bed (Type 2) – option 1
  • F Saunders Canyon (Type 1) – option 1
  • G Bryozoan Bed (Type 2) – option 2
  • H Papanui Canyon (Type 1) – option 2
  • I Harakeke Point to White Island (Type 1)
  • J White Island to Waldronville (Type 2)
  • K Green Island (Type 1)
  • L Akatore Estuary (Type 2)
  • M Akatore Coastal (Type 1)
  • N Akatore Offshore (Type 2) 124
  • O Long Point (Type 1)
  • P Long Point Offshore (Type 2)
  • Q Tahakopa Estuary (Type 1)
  • R Tautuku Estuary (Type 2)
  • S Haldane (Type 2)
  • T Kelp Forest (Type other)

Each proposed site is either labelled Type 1 or Type 2. Type 1 sites are being consulted on as marine reserves or ‘no take’ areas. Type 2 sites are proposed as marine protected areas with restrictions specific to what is being targeted for protection; ‘a fit-for-purpose’ set of restrictions. Type 2 marine protected areas still allow some fishing and harvesting, but restrict specific fishing methods and other activities (e.g. mining) in the interests of biodiversity protection, particularly those that cause sea bed disturbance.

The Public Consultation Document and Submission Form is available online www.south-eastmarine.org.nz, or the public can call 0800 Our Sea (0800 687 729) to request a copy. Copies will also be available for viewing at local council offices and public libraries throughout the region.

In November the Forum plans to host a series of Public Information Sessions throughout the region where people can come and find out more about the submission process.

Submissions close 5.00pm on Tuesday 20 December 2016

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Email: sempf@doc.govt.nz

August 2016 Newsletter – COMMUNITY FEEDBACK SHAPES DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS

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As you’ll be aware, the South-East Marine Protection Forum has been discussing various areas for possible inclusion in a network of marine protected areas along the South East Coast. On July 28, the Forum met again to consider further feedback from the various stakeholder groups about the biodiversity values and existing use of those areas. This was a pivotal meeting in terms of refining the proposals in respect of which the Forum wants more information from the public. The proposals will be presented in the public consultation document to be released in early October.
As a result of community feedback and advice, a number of areas under discussion have been withdrawn from consideration in the final network.
One of the guiding principles of the Forum is to work collaboratively to achieve consensus in decision-making. Though there were disagreements, the Forum was able to reach consensus on what would be presented in the public consultation document in order to get public feedback. In some parts of the proposed network, the Forum decided the best way to get helpful information from the public is to present options/alternatives.
The information received from the public submission process will be used by the Forum to amend and refine the proposed network, and where there are alternatives and options, make a choice.
Once the public consultation document is released in early October, there will be opportunities for the public to get more information on the proposals for a marine protected areas network, and help on how to make a submission and how the process works. The public will have 40 working days (2 months) to provide submissions.
The feedback from submissions will contribute to shaping the final recommendations that will be delivered to the Government in April 2017.

Have your say and encourage others to do the same.

Freephone: 0800 687 729
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Email: sempf@doc.govt.nz

July Newsletter – SEMPF ON TRACK TO RELEASE PUBLIC CONSULTATION DOCUMENT IN OCTOBER

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June was a busy month for the Forum which met for five full days, 9-10 June and 23-25 June. During these meetings deliberations continued about the various areas that are under discussion along the south-east coast resulting in further refinement of the sites that will eventually go out for consultation to get more information. This month individual Forum members are continuing to talk with their respective stakeholder groups to get further input into the sites for consultation.
The Forum will meet again in late July to report back on the further feedback they have gathered. August will see a refinement of the draft list of sites being considered that will then be released for public consultation in October.
Following the release of the public consultation document the Forum will hold publically advertised Listening Posts throughout the region where members of the public will be able to come and discuss the draft recommendations and find out more about how to make a submission. The public will then have two months to make a submission.
The feedback from submissions will be taken into account in reviewing, changing and finalising the final network of recommended areas for marine protection that will be delivered to the Government in April 2017.

Have your say and encourage others to do the same.

OUR SEA YOUR SAY
KEI A KOE TE TIKANGA
Freephone: 0800 687 729
south-eastmarine.org.nz
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Email: sempf@doc.govt.nz