New Zealand’s four million km2 marine environment is diverse, with a range of coastal habitats and offshore seabed environments. There are also many marine species unique to New Zealand. Marine protected areas conserve or manage some of these unique habitats and species, while a range of other tools also provide marine protection. We report on the area covered by these tools as an indirect measure to understand the state of the marine environment.
Seamount (underwater mountain area) closures are one of the marine protection tools used. They are designated areas in the exclusive economic zone, which extends to the 200 nautical mile limit. Seamount closures protect underwater mountain areas through the prohibition of all trawling activity. There are some areas where seamount closures overlap with benthic protection areas. In these cases the seamount closure restrictions apply.
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|Category||Environmental Reporting > Marine > Habitats|
|Tags||BOUNDARIES, ECOLOGY-Habitat, FAUNA-Vertebrates, MARINE, MARINE-Biology, New Zealand, Our Marine Environment 2016|
|Metadata||Dublin Core, ISO 19115/19139|
|Data type||Vector multipolygon||Feature count||17|
|Attributes||MFISH_ID, DESCRIPTIO, IDENTIFIER, NAME, SEAMOUNTS, LOCATION, INSTRUMENT, DESCRIPT0, DESCRIPT1, AREA_KM2, DETAILS, KEYWORDS, ALERT, WARNING, ACCURACY, EXPLANATIO, SPECIFICRE, MAPPINGNOT, DECDEG, DECDEG0, DECDEG1, DECDEG2, LENGTH_KM, LAYER_ID, TITLE, SW_MEMBER, Shape_Length|
|Services||Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), data.govt.nz Atom Feed|