Fisheries New Zealand and the Department of Conservation (DOC) are inviting public feedback on proposals to establish a network of marine reserves and protected areas along the south-east coast of the South Island.

The proposed network aims to protect a range of unique coastal and estuarine habitats and feeding areas for marine mammals, birds, fish, and invertebrates, which are currently under pressure from the effects of human activities including climate change.

The closing date for submissions is 17 April 2020.

For more information see the Fisheries New Zealand website.