Total and Protected Marine Area

Total and Protected Marine Area

Postby fwiggins » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:11 pm

A Marine Protected Area (MPA) is “any area of intertidal or subtidal terrain, together with its overlying water and associated flora, fauna, historical and cultural features, which has been reserved by law or other effective means to protect part or all of the enclosed environment”. (Please refer to the IUCN 1988. Resolution 17.38 of the 17th General Assembly of the IUCN. IUCN; Gland; Switzerland and Cambridge; UK.

A Marine area is defined as the foreshore, seabed, coastal water, and air space above the water (i) of which the seaward boundary is the outer limits of the territorial sea; and (ii) of which the landward boundary is the line of mean high water springs, except that where that line crosses a river, the landward boundary at that point shall be whichever is the lesser of one kilometre upstream from the mouth of the river or the point upstream that is calculated by multiplying the width of the river mouth by 5. (Please refer to the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s website at
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