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The benefits of marine reserves

"Marine reserves are addictive and can affect your health. People who have them do not want to give them up. They start clamoring for more. The side effects are serious. People infected with the idea become interested, enthusiastic, active, knowledgeable, healthy and impatient with silly arguments and no-hopers. They start talking about "10% of everything" and "We want them now". In the end they become determined, convincing and unstoppable. This process has already started."

Bill Ballantine
Marine Reserves for New Zealand, 1991, University of Auckland: Leigh Marine Laboratory Bulletin No. 25

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Learn how they are created

Dive into the history and actions by communities that have created our existing network of marine reserves and a view to the future

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Ways to engage with your community

Develop your own unique approach – check out examples, ideas and lessons from the past

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Learn from past marine reserve proposals

Communities can and have made a difference in marine conservation – explore our rich collection of case studies

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Investigate a marine reserve for your area

Your coast needs you get out there and have a look create your own story – here’s how

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Prepare for a marine protection forum or a marine reserve application

A collection of things you need to know to get stuck in and make it happen, it starts with you

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has”

 Margaret Mead, anthropologist

Why Marine Reserves?

crayfish 88Biodiversity, scientific benchmarks, education and inspiration, economic, social and fisheries benefits - read more...

How do we do it?

PS8 12410Strategy, timelines, community consulation, area design, preparing a proposal and lots more. Read more...

What other tools are there?

rahuiLocal fisheries management, customary tools, marine parks, benthic protection areas read more...  

Education resources

shallow reefLinks to excellent marine education websites 

Our resource library

PS8 12345Lots of great information in here, previous reserve applications, marine reserve scrience reports - read more...

Case studies

Blue maomao 89Marine reserves and proposals, MPA and RMA processes and more read more...

About us

mtsctMountains to Sea Conservation Trust the organisation behind Experiencing Marine Reserves and Whitebait Connection education programmes read more...  

Use this resource and become a part of NZ's marine conservation legacy.

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