ʻGoing Big’ in the Kermadecs

5609d58b1800002a008312abA vast stretch of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone is being turned into an ocean sanctuary that will join ranks with the world’s largest marine managed areas.

Prime Minister John Key announced the new site, which will encompass 620,000 km2 in the seas north-east of New Zealand in the Kermadec region.

The Kermadec Ocean sanctuary will be a fully-protected area that will conserve important habitats for seabirds, whales and dolphins, endangered marine turtles and thousands of species of fish and other marine life.

For more information and to watch the press conference video connect to STUFF and an article written by TRACY WATKINS.

Image and credit: The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary will cover 15 percent of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone. (David E. Chandler/ The PEW Charitable Trusts)