Protection of the marine environment and sustainable fisheries

The New Zealand marine environment is one of the most important marine ecosystems.

Almost half of the world’s whales and dolphins visit or live in New Zealand waters and it is also the seabird capital of the world. Of the 360 seabird species found worldwide, 86 breed in New Zealand, including 38 which breed nowhere else.

Only a tiny fraction enjoys any protection and our oceans are largely open for exploitation by fishing, mining, oil, and gas companies. Seabird and marine mammal by-catch, habitat destruction, and over-fishing are threatening whole ocean ecosystems.

ELI looks for opportunities to raise awareness of these issues, promote actions to protect the marine environment and species and stop unsustainable practices.