The ocean is our planet's heart. Its pulsating currents and tides drive the natural forces which control our weather and clean our atmosphere. And a staggering 80% of all the life on Earth is to be found hidden beneath the waves. But our oceans face huge threats.
Our ocean is slowly acidifying. It is absorbing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as our emissions grow. It is harder for shellfish and corals to create skeletons and shells. The cool ocean around Aotearoa is more vulnerable because colder seas absorb CO2 quicker. Without action, we face devastating effects on our marine life and fishing industry within decades.
Overfishing is taking its toll. Orange roughy is in long-term decline and Hoki is heading the same way. Our precious dolphins are dying in commercial set nets - an estimated 110-150 Hector's dolphins are killed every year. Fur seals, sea lions and albatrosses are also being killed in large numbers as by-catch. It's not good enough.
The Green Party is working hard to see strong action on climate change, a good Oceans Policy, better protection for our marine mammals, and a more sustainable Fisheries Act.
At the moment we are working particulary hard to protect our unique marine wildlife and beautiful beaches from the risks of deep sea drilling. Check out www.bestbeaches.org.nz to participate in our Green Party initiative to celebrate New Zealand beaches and protect the from the dangers of deep sea drilling.
Recent news about Marine and Oceans
The Green Party is calling on the Government to re-evaluate its squid fishery management following news that a second endangered sea lion has died in a squid fishing net this year. More
The Green Party is calling on the Government to adopt a precautionary approach and implement a moratorium on the use of trawl nets around the Auckland Islands following the release of information showing that the sea lion pup count has decreased 18 percent since last year.
Risky exploratory deep sea drilling should be a prohibited activity in our Exclusive Economic Zone, but if the Government is going to recklessly allow it to happen, the public should have a say on each and every proposal, the Green Party said today.
Gareth Hughes speaks in the General Debate on 19th February 2014 about the new Green policy Solar Homes and the National Party's adherence to big handouts for big polluters. More
The Greens support this bill, but argue that it should have gone further and included the full extent of the territorial sea round the Subantarctic Islands. More
Gareth Hughes speaks on the third reading of the Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserve Bill, and challenges the Government to truly embrace green solutions to the issues Kiwis care about. More
The Green Party supports this Bill but argues that it isn't extensive enough and also that unless the Marine Reserve created through this Bill is protected from mining through being recognised in schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act it will not be be protected from mining as other Marine Reserves are. More
The Green Party supports this bill but would like see a proper commitment to marine conservation and marine protection by establishing the full extent of the territorial sea around those islands as marine reserves. That would recognise their internationally important values and world heritage status. More
The Green Party today celebrated another victory as the Government acceded to the calls of over 45,000 Kiwis for a quick end to shark finning. More
The Government is further putting our New Zealand beaches at risk of an oil spill by today awarding four new permits to mainly foreign-owned companies for deep sea oil exploration, the Green Party said today. More
Anadarko should cease drilling until the legal issues around their permission to drill are decided, the Green Party said today. More
The National Government's protections for Maui's dolphins won't stop their population decline to extinction, the Green Party said today. More
With questions being raised around EPA's compliance with their legal requirements, Gareth Hughes questions the Minister for the Environment on the completeness of Anadarko's environmental impact assessment. More
The Green Party is calling on the Government to release Anadarko's oil spill modelling and oil spill response plan before the company starts drilling off the coast of Raglan.