New way of looking at New Zealand oceans a world-first

Date: 1/10/2005

A revolutionary new mapping system is being used to provide a wealth of information about what goes on within our oceans. The Marine Environment Classification (MEC) will provide excellent information and maps of the physical and biological variations of the oceans within our exclusive economic zone and will be used by a range of people and agencies who manage our oceans. It will be used for planning, monitoring, reporting, consents, and policy advice and preparation. The classification system can help support decisions about how we use our marine environment, including tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, recreation, mineral and petroleum exploration; and how we assign priorities to heritage, ecology and cultural values.

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