Marine Mammal Sanctuaries

New Zealand's first Marine Mammal Sanctuary was created in 1988 around the Banks Peninsula a bid to protect our endangered Hector's dolphin.

Now New Zealand has five Marine Mammal Sanctuaries (MMS). Forest & Bird played a big part in establishing each and every one of these Marine Mammal Sanctuaries. 

The MMS may not exclude all fishing, but it may restrict different types of fishing (e,g set netting) that is harmful to marine mammals that occupy, or pass through that particular area. The sanctuaries are administered and managed by the Department of Conservation. 

Forest & Bird is actively working to ensure the MMS boundaries accurately reflect the areas in which marine mammals reside, and in some instances we are working towards extending the existing boundaries.