Otago’s first marine reserve planned

Date: 1/4/2005

Scientists at Otago University welcome 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 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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