Dunedin environmental lawyer Maree Baker-Galloway will head
the new Otago Marine Protection Planning Forum.
Otago is the only region in New Zealand that does not have a
marine reserve and that would be one thing the 14-strong
panel would look at over the next two years.
Ms Baker-Galloway said it would be an interesting process.
''We have got a full representation of interest from
commercial through to tourism, through to environmental and
recreation so there will definitely be differences of opinion
and we will work through those.''
She said the purpose of the panel was to find out what was
important to the various communities in a vast swath of
coastline from Timaru to Waipapa Point.
Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced the
appointments on Monday.
Ms Baker Galloway said they had a wide range of tools to
choose from including the Fisheries Act and the Resource
''What I am keen to see is for us to make full use of the
range of mechanisms there are to look after and manage both
commercial and environmental values.''
Recommendations were due to be presented to the Minister for
Conservation and the Minister of Fisheries by the first
quarter of 2016, after the community had been consulted on
Panel members are: Maree Baker-Galloway (chairwoman), Neville
Peat, Sue Maturin, Philippa Agnew, Fergus Sutherland, Nelson
Cross, Tim Ritchie, Carol Scott, Simon Gilmour, Ate Heineman,
Dr Chris Hepburn, Steph Blair, Edward Ellison and John Henry.