We have so much marine biodiversity that is precious along our Otago coastline – from the rarest penguin in the world, to the only mainland breeding population of NZ Sealion, to the very rare endemic Hectors Dolphin. These very precious species in their own right, are also precious icons of Coastal Otago and to thrive they need a biodiverse marine ecosystem in which to feed. So are we giving them that? If not how can we better protect our coastal marine environment?
In this programme, I talk with Maree Baker-Galloway about the processes that are happening now in terms of marine protection here in Otago.
The Otago Marine Protection Forum has been set up to look at areas of the coastal waters from Timaru to Waipapa Point and to make recommendations about Marine Protection Areas.
Recently I spoke via skype with Maree Baker-Galloway who is chair of the Otago Marine Protection Forum. We spoke about the forums area of focus, what it hopes to achieve for our coast, how we the public can get involved and have our say, and how the forum hopes to proceed to make its recommendations.
To find out more about
- South-East Otago Marine Protection Forum – go to http://south-eastmarine.org.nz/
To listen to the programme Protecting our Marine Environment please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=a713d2e0-f238-4a32-b802-45a3649801fd
This programme was originally broadcast on the 16the April 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by the Dunedin City Council. To view other programmes go to http://www.ecolivinginactiondunedin.wordpress.com