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Nugget Point Mar 2005

Otago's First Marine Reserve Planned

Newsroom story

6 March 2005

Scientists at Otago University are welcoming plans to establish the region's first marine reserve.

The Department of Conservation plans to set up the reserve at Nugget Point, about 50km south of Dunedin.

The University's Associate Professor of Marine Biology, Mike Barker, says more marine reserves are needed in the South Island.

Dr Barker says they replenish species both inside and outside the reserve area which benefits conservationists, recreational users and commercial fishers alike.

He says the reserve will also be useful for students researching marine habitats at the University of Otago.

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