The war for marine reserves
why are governments waging wars with their own people for no benefit?
|introduction||An introduction to the problem: how is it possible that society is doing 100 things the wrong way in its attempt to manage the oceans? Can we ever get it right? Complete with links to supporting information (9 pages)|
|Frequently Asked Questions with honest answers. This is your starting point for familiarising yourself with the problems, misinformation, propaganda, fallacies and deceptions. (32 pages, growing)|
|myths&fallacies||After 25 years of good news propaganda, while unaware of changing circumstances,
proponents of marine reserves have spread disinformation, exaggerating
the actual benefits of marine reserves while hiding bad news. Now most
people, being uninformed about how different the sea is from the land,
have strong beliefs which they use to bring harm to others for no benefit
in return. This section aims to redress the arguments, not to discredit
people but to remove myths and fallacies from the marine reserves debate.
Read how easily we surrender our minds to fantasies. (large and growing)
Dr Shipp's report of how
MPAs cannot help fisheries management. Courageous and well documented.
|laugh&learn||This section contains a growing series of cartoons (war-toons) illustrating many issues in the war for marine reserves. Laugh a little, learn a lot, collect them and spread them around because they are compact files, suitable for e-mailing. Each page contains 13 cartoons, or one quarter of a year for a weekly magazine. Publishers/printers need permission.|
|In fast succession new marine reserves are proposed, stretching the
resources of the public to react in an informed manner. Employing all the
tactics of real war such as heavyhandedness, secrecy, pre-emptive strikes,
lies, disinformation and propaganda, DOC (the NZ Department Of Conservation)
has positioned itself as a ruthless ideological warrior who justifies the
means to an end. Read their proposals to be amazed and disgusted as we
explain and expose their fallacies! Tell others about it. Print and circulate
them. Use the submission forms to submit your vote. Copy them for others.
Better still, use the automated submission system offered by option4
where you can find many additional documents.
|reserves status||The present state of the marine reserves proposals/ appplications in progress. It is hard to stay abreast. (2 pages with maps)|
|MPA Policy Plan||In December 2004 this Government made a decree in Cabinet to fast-track
marine reserves. Under the pretense of an integrated strategy with consultation
of all stakeholders at all stages, DoC' s new Marine Protection Policy
and Implementation Plan by-passes the Marine Reserves Amendment Bill and
the Oceans Policy, both held up in committee. But fishermen and Maori didn't
raise to the bait.
|news||Articles skeptical of marine reserves (see also next
Marine reserves are not working, why hurry? by Floor Anthoni, 2001 (2 pages)
Dark seas, dark future: by Floor Anthoni. 2003 (3 pages)
The one that got away. by Geoff Cumming, NZ Herald weekend revue 28 June 2003.(external link)
|Articles from newspapers
and elsewhere showing support for the enormous land-based threat, while
scientists are slowly awakening to the new reality.
|A critical review of marine science conducted in New Zealand relating to the counting of fish, comparing marine reserves with non-marine reserve sites, the snapper-urchin-kelp myth and more. Science gone wrong. (33 pages)|
|links||Links to organisations fighting the rationale, the placing, the ad-hoc process, the lies about marine reserves. (on this page)|
|Links to important chapters on this web site.
Conservation: the main section about how conservation works, resource management, biodiversity, marine conservation, Lessons from Leigh, Science Exposed, all necessary to understand the issues. (187 p, growing)
Index to marine reserves of NZ, complete with extensive chapters devoted to each. (growing)
MRA71 the Marine Reserves Act 1971 (updated to 1977) in a printer friendly form (13 p)
MRA96 the Marine Reserves Act 1971 updated to 1996 in a printer friendly form (15 p)
For comments, suggestions and improvements, e-mail
the author, Floor Anthoni
-- seafriends home -- conservation index -- Rev 20031017,20041029,20050621,20060529,20060714,20070728
Various organisations, even when supportive of marine reserves in general, have been placed in opposition by the way DOC has been conducting the marine reserves process. Others can understand from reading this web site and comparing it with their own experiences on the sea, that marine reserves can't work or that they are not the right solution in most cases. As a result, the number of people opposing no-take marine reserves as proposed by DOC, who is committed to the NZ Biodiversity Strategy and the Marine Reserves Act, is rising steeply. Give your support and donate generously to enable us to do battle for you and your children.
Seafriends is an organisation fighting to save our seas. After more than 13 years of investigation, we concluded that coastal marine reserves can no longer deliver on their promises. This is borne out by the many failed marine reserves created in the past quarter century. The main threats to our coastal waters now come from the land, not from fishing. So in order to save our seas, we must save the land first. Seafriends has positioned itself against coastal marine reserves for the sake of protecting biodiversity because these no longer work. We must be smarter. We are committed to exposing all the nonsense in the thinking about marine reserves. If you believe in wrong ideas, you will make wrong decisions. For the sake of future generations we must make the right decisions for the right reasons. That is what we are fighting for. You can help by informing yourself about these issues. It is not as easy as believing in simple feel-good solutions, but it will enrich your life and help others to lead the right way. We owe it to our children!
Option4 fights for statutory
rights of New Zealanders to take fish from their own seas. Insatiable overseas
markets demand more fish than our seas can deliver, resulting in stark
reductions in recreational bag limits and steeply increasing prices of
fish. New Zealanders must be guaranteed to have first priority to the bounties
of their own country and seas rather than being regarded a minority shareholder.
Option4 has come out strongly in the marine reserves debate, not as an
opponent but to fight for the right solutions that will deliver more fish
in a healthy ocean while costing least. It is an obligation we have to
Follow the links on their web site to a wealth of information that would otherwise be hard for you to find. Become a member to endorse their cause.
Sand and sea is a
group promoting responsible management of our shore and sea resources while
retaining the right and freedom to use these. They are fighting the Westcoast
marine park proposal which threatens to close many areas with good access
to the sea. Sand and sea applies education as their principal agent for
conservation and the enforcement of laws and regulations which are already
in existence. It positions itself against unnecessary complications and
new regulations which are also duplications of what already exists.