The South-East Marine Protection Forum met in Dunedin for two days on 31 July and 1 August to continue their site-specific deliberations.
Forum Chair, Maree Baker-Galloway says the Forum made good progress towards assessing and verifying all information available for each site that was consulted on.
“It’s important that the Forum has confidence that the information available to them on each site is accurate and can be relied upon before recommendations are made on which sites should be included in a network of marine protected areas.”
Some of the sources of information available to the Forum include an independent Summary of Submissions, an independent Summary of Science Submissions, and the submissions, all of which are now publicly accessible on the Forum’s website.
Maree Baker-Galloway says an almost full turn out of Forum members over the two days was quite an achievement given the transport challenges that winter has delivered to the region over the last month.
The Forum are scheduled to reconvene in late August to continue with deliberations.