Nominations from as far as Wellington have been received for
the Otago Marine Protection Planning Forum.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith announced in October a
14-member forum would be set up to investigate areas suitable
along the Otago coast from between Timaru and Waipapa Point
for marine protection.
Fifty-eight nominations had been received, mostly from
Dunedin, but also from Oamaru, Ashburton, the Catlins,
Balclutha, Tapanui, Temuka, Wanaka, Nelson, Blenheim and
The Department of Conservation and Ministry for Primary
Industries will now consider the nominations and make
recommendations to their respective ministers, who would make
appointments by year's end.
Doc's South and Eastern South Island Partnerships director,
Barry Hanson, said Doc and MPI were pleased with the calibre
of nominations, which were received from Ngai Tahu and
interested parties such as commercial and recreational
fishers, recreational users, marine scientists, the tourism
sector, conservation groups, local government and local
Once established, the forum would consult interested users
and stakeholders to come up with recommendations on marine
It would identify where protected areas should be and the