RM Journal

RMJ_Jan19

Slipping through the cracks: Marine biodiversity and taonga species

Recent reports paint a distressing picture of species decline and the deleterious effects of fishing, illustrating the extent to which New Zealand’s fisheries and marine management systems are failing. A key reason for this poor environmental outcome is a lack of clarity regarding roles and responsibilities of the entities tasked with maintaining and protecting marine biodiversity, write Sally Gepp, Environmental Lawyer, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc, and Madeleine Wright, Environmental Lawyer, Environmental Defence Society Inc.

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