The Department of Conservation's move to set up a group to
find Otago's first marine reserves within two years is
''extremely concerning'', Otago Rock Lobster Industry
Association executive officer Simon Gilmour says.
The lack of acknowledgement of recreational deer hunting was
one criticism made of the Department of Conservation's draft
2014-24 conservation management strategy when public
submissions were heard in Wanaka last week.
One of the country's leading experts in mountain safety is
likely to be called in to determine whether a permanent
safety rope should be installed along the treacherous Cascade
Saddle in the Mt Aspiring National Park, west of Wanaka.
More than 170 people will attend a conference in Dunedin this
month aimed at helping ''citizen-initiated'' conservation
meet the challenges it is facing as the responsibility for
looking after New Zealand's biodiversity increasingly falls
on the community.