Protect Our Southern Seas

Our south-east ocean is home to an amazing array of species and habitats, including deep sea canyons, bryozoan beds, rich kelp forests and threatened species such as yellow-eyed penguin and New Zealand sea lions.

The yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) is one of many species found in our south-east ocean (Photo by Kimberley Collins).

However, the stretch of coast between Timaru and Waipapa Point in the Catlins contains no marine reserves.

The South-East Marine Protection Forum has released proposals to finally provide some marine protection for South Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

The Forum has developed 20 sites for potential protection, with a mere 5.3% of the marine space proposed for Type 1, or no-take marine reserves. Forest & Bird says this inadequate, as scientific consensus recommends that at least 30% of our seas be protected in order to allow species and habitats to recover and thrive. 

Make a submission

Submissions on the the South-East Marine Protection Forum have now closed. 

Together, our supporters made over 1,000 submissions to help protect our southern seas.

To those of who you contributed, thank you. Your voice will help us to make sure the oceans between Canterbury and Otago are protected for the future.

Want to do more?

New Zealand has a unique and diverse range of seabirds and marine mammals many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Please make a donation to help us press for vastly improved protection for threatened species and a comprehensive network of marine protected areas.