Jeremy Helson: Recreational fishing parks are not marine protected areas

The New Zealand Herald recently published an opinion piece from Dr Jeremy Helson on the proposed new Marine Protected Areas (MPA) legislatoin announced last week by Environment Minister Nick Smith.

"New Zealanders cherish the marine environment and, with so much at stake, it's not surprising that the sea is often portrayed as a battlefield of competing interests and values.

It's rare to find the commercial fishing industry, iwi, recreational fishers and environmental groups agreeing on anything to do with marine management. But these groups all make similar points about one aspect of the Government's proposed new Marine Protected Areas (MPA) legislation announced by Environment Minister Nick Smith last week.

The common message is that Recreational Fishing Parks - which the National Party has promised to establish in the Hauraki Gulf and the Marlborough Sounds - are not Marine Protected Areas and should not be included in the new MPA Act, says Dr Jeremy Helson."

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