Address to Auckland Conservation Board Meeting
26th February 2004
by Stef Railey
||Auckland Conservation Board
Unfortunately we cannot be at the meeting today due to prior commitments.
Stef Railey has agreed to read this statement on our behalf.
We are confused. For 9 months option4 have been addressing the Board
about community concerns regards marine reserve consultation process
– or lack thereof. option4 have consistently endeavoured to
pass on the very common community sentiment that an integrated and
coordinated approach to marine protection is essential - that the
piecemeal, ad hoc approach to placing marine reserves is not working
and was in fact spoiling the mood and readiness of the community
to tackle the daunting task of marine protection.
We thought progress was being made towards a coordinated, strategic
approach - a process that DoC has agreed is necessary to achieve
effective marine protection – a process that would include
organisations involved in the marine environment.
We now learn DoC Wellington have commissioned CRESA to conduct research
into the publics view on marine protection and the coastal environment.
DoC has supplied CRESA with a list of contacts for fishing interests
in Auckland. There is no reference to any national representative
fishing organisation. Those people have been asked to participate
in a focus group. We have asked DoC Wellington to explain to us
what they hope to achieve with his research. Perhaps DoC Auckland
representatives can shed some light on the purpose of this research
and where it fits with an integrated and coordinated approach to
We would like to know:
- Is DoC seriously intending to address the clearly defined and
agreed upon need for an integrated and coordinated approach to
marine protection? And if so,
- What is the time frame?
- What is the budget?
- Who will be responsible?
- What processes are envisaged?
- Will there be any applications put forward for marine reserves
by DoC in the meantime?
We would like a written response from DoC Auckland to these questions
please. May we have the answers to these questions within 10 days.
Thank you for your time.
The team at option4.
Read the report from the CRESA focus group meeting held in Whangarei here >> >>