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This work compiles available benthic invertebrate records for Benthic Protection Areas and Seamount Closure Areas around New Zealand. Several BPAs are well-described, but most require more sampling to improve knowledge of the biodiversity that is protected. Spatial planning software “Zonation” is used with a variety of data sources to illustrate how such an approach could be used to evaluate BPA efficacy, and improve the effectiveness of future protection measures.