Marine protected areas policy under reform
The Government is reforming marine protected area (MPA) legislation. We'll update this web page when there are changes.
What is a marine protected area?
A marine protected area (MPA) is an area where you're not allowed to fish.
They're protected because of:
- how unique or rare they are
- the function they serve for marine life.
Download a map of New Zealand's MPAs [PDF, 7.1 MB]
Creating a network
Because our seas are so isolated and we have a broad range of habitats, a high number of species are found only in New Zealand waters.
The Government is creating a network of MPAs to protect examples of our rare, outstanding, and different marine habitats and ecosystems.
Other ways to protect areas include:
- marine reserves
- Fisheries Act closure areas
- cable protection zones.
Each way has a slightly different purpose.
Download an MPA overview, which explains how the MPA network has been developed.
- Marine protected areas overview [PDF, 177 KB]
How will the MPA network be developed?
The process for establishing MPAs is in the MPA classification, protection standard, and implementation guidelines.
Download the MPA guidelines [PDF, 2.8 MB]
This process will ensure that future marine protection is properly planned and integrated.
Fisheries New Zealand will be working with the Department of Conservation and:
- other government departments
- local government
- marine users
- tangata whenua
- groups with an interest in the marine environment.
Who to contact
If you have questions about marine protected areas, email firstname.lastname@example.org