Akaroa

Apr. 14/13

An exhausting battle spanning nearly 20 years for a new marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour is nearly at an end. 

The Akaroa Marine Protection Society, a group of about 20 determined locals headed by husband and wife team Brian and Kathleen Reid, has been fighting for a 530-hectare marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour since 1996.

The reserve, near Dan Rogers Bluff, would protect about 12 per cent of the harbour from fishing.

This afternoon, Conservation Minister Nick Smith announced his approval of the reserve. 

Akaroa Marine Protection Society secretary K MORE