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Reserves run deep to aid marine protection

Posted on 25 November 2011

A leading marine biologist from New Zealand will discuss the UK’s new Marine Act as part of a public lecture at the University of York.

Professor Jonathan Gardner has an international reputation for his work on Marine Protected Areas in New Zealand and will examine ‘Marine reserves: do they deliver conservation benefits?’ at the event on Tuesday, 29 November.

The lecture will be attended by representatives from conservation and fisheries organisations, but is also open to anyone with an interest in this subject.

Professor Gardner of Victoria University of Wellington was recently awarded a NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professorship and is currently based at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

During his time in the UK, he intends to bring together his research expertise in the fields of marine protected areas, biodiversity conservation and population genetics to address the Marine and Coastal Access Act of 2009. His work will contribute to a greater understanding of how Marine Protected Areas can help protect marine diversity and how they can most effectively be set up and run.

The event has been co-organised by Professor Callum Roberts, a marine biologist from the University of York’s Environment Department. He said: “New Zealand is generally regarded as a world leader in marine protection because it has established 33 full ‘no take’ marine reserves, with several others planned. Proposals are now being considered by the UK government for 127 new marine conservation zones here, so this talk is very timely.”

Professor Gardner, who is British born, has been at Victoria University of Wellington since April 1994 and is a long time activist for marine protection.

The lecture will take place in the University’s Biology Building, room B/B006, on Tuesday, 29 November at 1.15pm. It is free and open to all and no booking is required.

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