Take a stand for our ocean this election | WWF New Zealand
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As children of an island nation, New Zealanders care deeply for the health of our Moana. Our coasts and ocean help define our lives in Aotearoa - and with proper care, they can help sustain us for generations to come.

But while independent survey results show that 80% of Kiwis - including 91% of our youth and 88% of Māori want stronger ocean protection - our current laws fully protect only 0.4% of our coastal and marine area.

This election, WWF-New Zealand is asking all political parties to start closing this gap - by committing to meaningful, concrete steps toward stronger ocean protection. Their commitments will help us hold New Zealand’s next Government to account.

But for politicians to hear us, we need your help. The more New Zealanders stand up, and make their voices heard… the more our political parties will be forced to respond.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO



Sign on to our nationwide ‘CALL FOR CHANGE’

Every week, we’re updating NZ’s political parties on how many New Zealanders are demanding stronger ocean protection. By adding your name, you’re adding weight to this call - and we’ll keep you informed about the progress we make, and the changes you’re a part of.

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HERE’S WHAT WE ARE CALLING FOR

WWF has identified 10 steps - across 3 key areas of action - that are required to ensure a thriving and resilient ocean that can sustain Aoteraroa for future generations:

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#1. Ensure our marine protection regime upholds the rights of tangata whenua and recognises the value of indigenous approaches to marine protection.

#2. Protect 30% of our coastal and marine areas by 2030, within an effective network of MPAs.

#3. Ensure the protection of unique ecological habitats, including the Kermadec Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary.

Do you agree? Sign our ‘Call for Change’ - and share this key area of action to Facebook to let your friends know how they can stand for our ocean too.

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#4. Strong commitment to implement effective ecosystem based management (EBM) for our Exclusive Economic Zone.

#5. Enable setting stock limits to allow for abundance and ensure resilience against climate change and therefore safeguarded for future generations.

#6. Roll out independent and transparent monitoring (via human observers and or cameras) in a staged approach across all commercial fishing boats, first targeting fisheries that are the highest risk to protected species.

Do you agree? Sign our ‘Call for Change’ - and share this key area of action to Facebook to let your friends know how they can stand for our ocean too.

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#7. Commit to stopping seabed trawling on vulnerable marine ecosystems, including seamounts.

#8. Develop a policy framework to manage fisheries bycatch of all protected species towards a target of zero bycatch by 2030.

#9. Urgently ensure fishers are using best practice mitigation technology and methods.

#10. Invest in restoration and protection of seabird nesting habitats, wetlands, and estuaries.

Do you agree? Sign our ‘Call for Change’ - and share this key area of action to Facebook to let your friends know how they can stand for our ocean too.

    

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MORE WAYS TO STAND FOR OUR OCEAN THIS ELECTION

Record a simple video message

Tell us, in your own words, why it's important to protect our ocean - and post it to Facebook or Instagram, tagging @WWFNZ. The more everyday Kiwis stand up and show their support - the more our politicians will listen. And the more families, colleagues and friends will feel inspired to add their voices too.

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Let your friends know about the campaign, and how they can stand for our ocean too.

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