New Zealand administers the sixth largest marine environment in the world. At more than 4.4 million square kilometres, our marine environment is about 14 times larger than our land area.
We use our marine area for many purposes, including transportation, fisheries, recreation and tourism, and value it for its cultural and spiritual significance. The marine environment also provides several life-giving services, including providing oxygen, storing carbon and purifying wastes.
Three national environmental indicators are used to report regularly on New Zealand’s oceans as follows:
For more information on other national marine indicators see the Ministry of Tourism’s Environmental Indicator Set for New Zealand Tourism.
Last updated: December 2008