People are being urged to nominate people with an interest in
the marine environment to sit on the community-led forum
which will consider marine protection for the Otago
Department of Conservation south and eastern South Island
partnerships director Barry Hanson, said Doc and the Ministry
for Primary Industries wanted people to put their hands up to
''Anyone with an interest in the marine environment on the
Otago coast can be nominated for the Otago marine protection
planning forum and people can nominate themselves,'' Mr
''This is a chance for people to have their say on marine
protection in Otago and be involved in shaping the long-term
vision for our coast.''
The forum would focus on the coastline between Timaru in the
north and Waipapa Point in the south.
It would have up to 14 members and it was hoped
representation would come from from interested parties
including Ngai Tahu, commercial fishermen, recreational
users, conservation groups, the tourism sector, aquaculture
industry, marine scientists, the mining and petroleum
sectors, local government and coastal communities.
Forum members would be announced at the end of this year and
the forum would be expected to make its recommendation to the
Ministers of Conservation and Primary Industries in two
years, on the location and types of marine protected areas
that should be established in the Otago region.
Nominations for forum members are due by November 22.