"Located between New Zealand’s North Island and Tonga, the 15 islands and rocks of the Kermadecs are remote and rarely visited. From these islands, to the waters surrounding them, and the deep trench below, the Kermadecs is a place for exploration and discovery.
Straddling both tropical and temperate climates, the Kermadec region is home towhales and dolphins,sea birds,fish and deep sea marine life, and has some of the most geologically active and biologically unusual features on the planet.
The islands are part of the longest underwater volcanic arc on the planet. Mountain peaks here often sit just below the ocean surface, making for a wondrous world where volcanic landforms, hydrothermal vents, and stunning underwater features are still being discovered. At 10,000 meters (about six miles), the deepest ocean trench in the Southern Hemisphere and the second deepest on the planet—the Kermadec-Tonga Trench—is found here.
The Kermadec region is significant to New Zealand and the world. It provides an important safe haven for threatened species, and an underwater frontier that scientists are only now beginning to explore."
The New Zealand government created a no-take marine reserve around the Kermadec Islands in 1990, and now WWF is working with the Pew to secure additional protection for the trench surrounding the islands.
Marine Conservation Institute and the Waitt Foundation provide this
interactive tool to help users visualize the locations and coverage of global
marine protected areas (MPA). This atlas provides information on over 8000 MPAs
globally, drawing on datasets from the
World Database on Protected Areas1,
US MPA Center2,
and other country- and regional-level data authorities, as well as research
conducted by the Marine Conservation Institute.
In addition to MPA boundaries and site management information, this dataset
contains information on conservation measures with a particular focus on those
restricting the exploitation of marine life.
Features on this site are designed to allow users to understand (1) where current
protection exists and at what level, and (2), where important areas for future protection
are and any processes underway to establish MPAs. This provides vital information to
countries and their citizens interested in ocean conservation, management and stewardship.
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