Introduction

Read marine reserve monitoring reports produced by DOC and other agencies.

Marine reserves are listed below from north to south. Get a list of marine reserves A-Z.

If a marine reserve isn't listed, no reports are available. If you want to submit a report to this list email marine@doc.govt.nz.

General monitoring reports

Factsheets

Read short factsheets about marine projects:

Kermadec Islands Marine Reserve

Benthic community structure and water column characteristics at two sites in the Kermadec Islands Marine Reserve (PDF, 287K)  
A depth-stratified ecological survey was conducted of the abundance and percentage cover of macrobenthic species and of the water column at two sites (Meyer Island and West Chanter Island) 2 km apart.

Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve

A literature review on the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve (PDF, 1164K) 
The overall aim of this project is to collate and review scientific information that has been generated on the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve since 1983 to increase our overall understanding of the Poor Knights Islands ecosystem.

Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve

Motukaroro Island Whangarei Marine Reserve UVC reef fish and crayfish monitoring 2012 
A report on the monitoring work carried out on crayfish and reef fish over summer 2012 at the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve.

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point lobster monitoring program (PDF, 259K)
The objectives of this project done were to determine the current population status of J.Edwardsii (spiny lobster) within the Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve. 

Fish monitoring reports:

Lobster monitoring reports for both Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve and Tāwharanui marine reserves:

Tāwharanui Marine Reserve

Counting rock lobsters to monitor ecosystem health (PDF, 14,900K) 
A factsheet summarising the key aspects of this research.

Lobster monitoring reports:

  • See Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve reports above.

Fish monitoring reports:

Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve

Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve monitoring 

Te Makutu Marine Reserve

Te Makutu monitoring

Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve

Monitoring report (PDF, 905K)

Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve

Monitoring (PDF, 228K) as part of a field trip resource.

Monitoring (PDF, 302K)

Tuhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve

Recovery of targeted reef fish at Tuhua Marine Reserve – monitoring and constraints: Part 1 (PDF, 408K) and Part 2 (PDF, 222K)

Snapper abundance and size at Tūhua Marine Reserve as determined by baited underwater video (BUV) survey

Tapuae Marine Reserve

Reef fish of the Sugar Loaf Islands (Ngā Motu) Marine Protected Area (PDF, 348K)

Benthic invertebrate monitoring at the Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf Islands Marine Protected Area, 2001–2003 (PDF, 2,620K)

Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve

Te Angiangi and Te Tapuwae o Rongokako marine reserves: Intertidal paua and kina monitoring (PDF, 1,330K) 
The findings of monitoring intertidal paua and kina populations within and surrounding Te Angiangi and Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserves, aimed at establishing whether populations of these species have demonstrated any response to protection.

Reef fish monitoring (PDF, 1,252K)  
The results of five years of reef fish monitoring in Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve, aimed at describing the reef fish communities of the area and determining whether any changes have taken place within the reserve that may be attributable to protection. 

Collation of data for ecosystem modelling of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve (PDF, 372K)

Te Angiangi Marine Reserve

See Te Angiangi and Te Tapuwae o Rongokako marine reserves report above. 

Taputeranga Marine Reserve

Taputeranga Marine Reserve monitoring report (PDF, 5,620K)

Long Island - Kokomohua Marine Reserve

Long Island monitoring report (PDF, 2,660K) 
This report presents data collected from the marine reserve and adjacent control sites over a period of 22 years (1992 to 2014)

Horoirangi Marine Reserve

Horoirangi Marine Reserve report on rocky shore biological monitoring: 2006-2013 (PDF, 3,100K) 
Significant increases in the abundance and size of marine species in Tasman Bay marine reserves confirm their conservation benefits. Research shows that 20 years after the reserve was created, there are more than seven times as many crayfish and 40 times as many blue cod over 30 cm. 

Tonga Island Marine Reserve

Tonga Island Marine Reserve report  (PDF, 1,750K) 
Significant increases in the abundance and size of marine species in Tasman Bay marine reserves confirm their conservation benefits. Research shows that 20 years after the Tonga Island Marine Reserve was created, there are more than seven times as many crayfish and 40 times as many blue cod over 30 cm. 

A shag count in Abel Tasman National Park (PDF, 1,960K) 
A factsheet on shags living in Abel Tasman National Park. 

Pohatu Marine Reserve

DOC is running a rock lobster tagging project, and needs your help to find out the movement patterns and growth rates of lobster in the Pōhatu Marine Reserve area.

Fiordland marine reserves                

Te Awaatu channel (The Gut) Marine Reserve

Biological monitoring of the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area and Fiordland’s marine reserves 2010 (PDF, 2,220K)

Te Tapuwae o Hua Marine Reserve

Relative abundance of blue cod (Parapercis colias) in Milford and Doubtful Sounds in 2006 (PDF, 38K)

Taumoana (Five Fingers Peninsula) Marine Reserve

Fiordland marine reserves monitoring results

Ulva Island-Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve

Baseline Ecological Monitoring of theUlva Island / Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve (PDF, 1,389K)

Auckland Islands - Motu Maha Marine Reserve

Sea lion monitoring

Campbell Island/Moutere Ihupuku Marine Reserve

Southern royal albatross monitoring


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