Soar above the snapper

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island) marked the beginning of an environmental awakening. Established in 1977, it was the country’s first no-take marine reserve, and among first in the world too.

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Leigh Marine Reserve faced immense opposition at the time, but the public has since caught up with the conservation ideology and the scientific value that no-take reserves represent.

Pioneer diver Wade Doak calls these places ‘wet libraries’, sites that retain a physical memory of how most of our coasts once looked—for our reference, research and aspiration.

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve was New Zealand’s first no-take reserve, closely followed four years later by Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve 20 kilometres offshore. The level of protection is as important as the location—no-take or Type 1 reserves are more effective than Type 2, which allow fishing and other activities that may be destructive to the seabed.

Episodes From This Location

Snorkel with EMR

1 minute / 2018

Snapper city

1 minute / 2018

Soar above the snapper

1 minute / 2018

Dive Tie Dye Arch

1 minute / 2018

Talking fish

1 minute / 2018

Scooter with a scientist

1 minute / 2018

Tunnel vision

1 minute / 2018

Snapper City

1 minute / 2018

Stingray swarm

1 minute, 30 seconds / 2018

Dive Tie Dye Arch

2 Minutes / 2018

The mystery of the talking fish

3 minutes / 2017

Scooter with a scientist

1 minute / 2017

Dive Blue Maomao Arch

1 minute / 2017