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Written by Keri Molloy - The Bay Chronicle   
Friday, 30 May 2008

ICONIC LANDSCAPE: It will take more than a rainbow to protect and restore the character and environment of the Bay of Islands.

The iconic Bay of Islands is in a bad state warns local lobby group, the Bay of Islands Maritime Park.

Water pollution, insensitive development and lost biodiversity are major threats, says interim facilitator David Clarkson.

Noted marine environmentalists will speak at a public meeting called by the group on June 14 at Waitangi.

  • Dr Roger Grace is a respected marine biologist and photographer, and is an active campaigner for marine conservation internationally. He received the Queen’s Service Medal for his work in 2005.
  • Vince Kerr is a marine conservationist and biologist who is at present working with DOC in Whangarei. He is also actively involved in coral reef conservation in the Pacific.
  • Jeroen Jongejans, director of Dive!Tutukaka, will talk about the economic benefits to the Bay of Islands of sustainable tourism.
  • Stephan Seitzer, land management team leader with the Northland Regional Council, has been involved with the Mahurangi Action Plan since 2004.

The Bay of Islands Maritime Park Inc was formed out of a series of public workshops held in 2005, aimed at achieving unity among stakeholders and protective legislation for the Bay. It includes tangata whenua, commercial and recreational users, ratepayer groups, farmers, environmental groups and local authorities.

The umbrella organisation has already developed an interim plan, which is being used for further consultation with stakeholders to develop a final plan to be taken to local and central government for action.

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