New Zealand's rich and complex marine environment extends from sub-tropical to sub-antarctic and provides homes to over 15,000 known species - many of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
Marine Protected Areas are an important tool in ensuring that New Zealand’s marine biodiversity is maintained in a healthy state.
Marine mammal sanctuaries, marine parks and other tools also protect specific habitats or species.
Learn the various ways New Zealand's coastline is managed.
The scope of the Conservation Services Programme (CSP) is the impact of commercial fishing on protected species.
The Code provides effective, practical mitigation measures for minimising acoustic disturbance of marine mammals during seismic surveys.
Marine reserves are fantastic places to explore! Swim, snorkel or dive in clean waters and see a rich variety of marine life, explore rock pools or have a picnic on the beach. Marine reserves are special places that protect all marine life.
New Zealand marine mammals include many species of dolphins, seals and whales.
Corals are invertebrate animals belonging to the phylum Cnidaria (from the Greek word 'Cnidos' meaning stinging nettle). There are five main classes of Cnidaria.
CITES endangered species
DOC's 24 hour emergency hotline:
0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468)
Call to report sick or injured wildlife, and whale or dolphin strandings.