This month New Zealanders have the chance to to protect some of the West Coast’s most prized marine areas and the threatened species that call it home, such as our endangered Hector's dolphin.

A series of seven ‘underwater national parks’ or marine reserves have been proposed for the West Coast of the South Island. Please use this form to to voice your support for this landmark proposal. We have provided a suitable text but feel free to edit before you send.

A series of seven ‘underwater national parks’ or marine reserves have been proposed for the West Coast of the South Island. The public has until August 21 2009 to voice its support for this landmark proposal.

The seven marine reserves were proposed in June 2009 by the West Coast Marine Protection Forum, a group that was established by the Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Fisheries to identify sites and potential protection measures for this area.

In the proposal, the forum recommended seven marine reserves of varying size - one large reserve, 3 smaller reserves and 3 tiny reserves.

The forum also suggested that two rivers and stream beds should fall under DOC ownership.

For more detailed information on these proposals see here - westmarine.org.nz