356. Green Island is important ecologically, and historically had a diverse array of marine life (and still has to a lesser extent).
357. Anecdotally, the Green Island marine environment has undergone a considerable decline in diversity and abundance of species over the last few decades. Under protection, it is considered that the area could respond well.
358. The MPA would be accessible by boat, and is visible from Dunedin. Green Island could become an iconic place with the existing nature reserve extending through to the marine environment as a marine reserve.
347. This proposed marine reserve is centred on Green Island (Okaihe), extending approximately 1 km (0.54 nm) to the north, west and east of the island, and 1.3 km (0.7 nm) south of the island. It includes 5 km2 of marine area and encompasses approximately 0.1% of the Forum region.
348. As a marine reserve, it is a no-take area where all fishing would be prohibited.
349. Fishing vessels would be allowed to enter the area, so long as they had no gear used for the purpose of fishing in the water at the time. This is regardless as to whether they are carrying fish or not (and in accordance with existing fisheries regulations). No discharge to the MPA would be allowed, this includes (but not limited to) grey water, sewage and fish waste.
350. There are wāhi tapu located on the coast and the recovery of koiwi and other cultural artifacts by Kāi Tahu shall not be impacted by this proposal.