Published on 4 October 2022

Assessment on Sea Change MPAs paper published

Tablada, J., Geange, S., & Lundquist, C. J. (2022). Evaluation of biodiversity benefits of proposed marine protected areas from the Sea Change—Tai Timu Tai Pari Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan. Conservation Science and Practice, e12803. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.12803

In this new publication we evaluated, in terms of theoretical protection, the Highly Protected Areas (HPAs) proposed under the original Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Spatial Plan as well as the HPAs from the ministerial response Revitalising the Gulf.

To perform the evaluation we made use of Zonation, a decision-support tool widely use in the marine conservation space. Using the best available and fit-for-purpose biodiversity data, we generated an "ideal" prioritisation map of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park area that we then used to compare against all the proposed HPAs scenarios.

This paper is a smaller part of a wider collaborative project implemented by Fisheries NZ, NIWA and the Department of Conservation that I had the pleasure to be involved in a couple of years ago. All the outputs from that project can be found under the Revitalising the Gulf website.

🌊In this new article, Tablada, Geange, and Lundquist evaluate the #biodiversity benefits of proposed marine protected areas from the Sea Change—Tai Timu Tai Pari Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan.🌊 You can learn more at https://t.co/wAgBbFz37n#conservation #science #ocean pic.twitter.com/rFaoDNNBZs

— Conservation Science and Practice (@ConservationSP) October 1, 2022

Thanks to everyone that contributed to the paper but especially to Carolyn Lundquist (NIWA) and Shane Geange (Department of Conservation) for their invaluable guidance and support.

Kia ora