Pearl anniversary for marine reserves

Date: 1/8/2007

Thirty years ago, marine scientists from The University of Auckland joined with government and industry representatives to celebrate the official inauguration of New Zealand’s first marine reserve at Goat Is. The five kilometres of coastline from Cape Rodney to Okakari Point, was the first marine reserve under the 1971 Marine Reserves Act, and one of the first in the world. The reserve has become a major attraction for visitors to the area, with around 300,000 visitors each year. The research done there covers topics as broad as snapper pheromones, ecology of reefs, nocturnal fish behaviour, fish migration, large marine mammal populations, underwater acoustics, coastal geology and use of marine compounds in drug development.

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