A fine collection of fish

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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16th June, 2012
At the 1992 Earth Summit, New Zealand signed the Convention on Biological Diversity, committing us to protecting at least 10% of our coastal and marine territory by 2020. So how are we doing? Marine reserves protect only 0.3% of our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) – or 7% of our territorial sea – and almost all are around remote island groups like the Kermadec, Auckland and Antipodes islands. The reserves around New Zealand’s main islands comprise “an absolutely minuscule area”, says Chris Howe from WWF New Zealand. WWF made headlines last month when its report on New Zealand’s ...

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