Our Ocean Conference Commitments
- (2015) New Zealand reaffirmed its intent to create a 620,000 square kilometer ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec region, covering 15 percent of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone. The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary will be one of the world’s largest and most significant fully protected areas, preserving important habitat for seabirds, whales, dolphins, endangered marine turtles, and thousands of species of fish and other marine life.
- (2015) New Zealand announced that it will allocate NZ$50 million (US$32 million) to support the Pacific region to improve the sustainable management of Pacific fisheries and deliver on its Roadmap for Sustainable Pacific Fisheries.
- (2015) Building on and reaffirming previous commitments not to provide subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, the United States and New Zealand announced a commitment not to provide subsidies to vessels, enterprises, or operators engaged in IUU fishing and invited other governments to do the same.
- (2015) New Zealand announced that it is funding a NZ$1.8 million (US$1.2 million) four-year project led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the University of the South Pacific, to help build the resilience of Pacific islands countries and territories to the impacts of ocean acidification.