new zealand creates vast ocean sanctuary Fully-protected marine area will cover 620,000 km2 in the seas north-east of New Zealand in the Kermadec region.
A vast stretch of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone is being turned into an ocean sanctuary in a landmark deal to preserve one of the most pristine and unique environments on Earth.
Prime minister John Key announced the deal in New York and said it would encompass 620,000 km2 in the seas north-east of New Zealand in the Kermadec region.
‘The Kermadec ocean sanctuary will be one of the world’s largest and most significant fully-protected areas, preserving important habitats for seabirds, whales and dolphins – endangered marine turtles and thousands of species of fish and other marine life’ Key said.
The sanctuary will cover 15% of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone – an area twice the size of our landmass and 50 times the size of our largest national park in Fiordland.