The results of a Waiheke Marine Protection Survey have been released by the local board.
It shows support for a network of marine protected areas across a substantial proportion of the marine environment around the inner Hauraki Gulf islands. The survey was undertaken by Colmar Brunton, with around 2000 questionnaires returned.
Responses regarding location were relatively spread out with no one specific area in the local board area receiving high or low levels of support as a marine reserve.
“The survey will assist our community to move forward and consider how to best address marine protection,” said Waiheke Local Board Chair Paul Walden.