New marine reserve approved near Nelson

Date: 1/4/2005

The marine reserve will stretch for five kilometres from Glenduan,

on Nelson’s landmark Boulder Bank, to Ataata Point, at the south-western entrance to Cable Bay,

and extends out one nautical mile from the shore. It covers 948 hectares. An important attribute of

this marine reserve is its accessibility. It is close to Nelson city, making it an ideal site for school children,

scientists, divers and snorkellers to visit and study marine life. The area should gradually revert back to

a more natural state eventually displaying the characteristics of other well established marine reserves.

The marine reserve will formally come into being once it has been gazetted in the next few months.

At that point no fishing, taking or disturbing of marine life will be allowed within its boundaries.

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