In New Zealand, Areas of Ecological Importance (AEI), including Marine Mammal Sanctuaries, have more extensive planning requirements and considerations.
In New Zealand, Areas of Ecological Importance (AEI), including Marine Mammal Sanctuaries (MMS; www.marinemammalsanctuaries.co.nz), have more extensive planning requirements and considerations.
New Zealand AEI boundaries are based on the Department Of Conservation’s (DOC; www.doc.govt.nz) database records of marine mammal sightings and strandings, the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (www.mpi.govt.nz) fisheries-related data in the National Aquatic Biodiversity Information System (www.nabis.govt.nz), and technical input from marine mammal experts.
For the most up-to-date information on New Zealand AEI, please see www.doc.govt.nz/aei
This may mean times of or areas used for breeding, calving, resting, feeding, or migrating.
If a marine seismic survey is to be conducted in an AEI, the MMIA may have to outline additional mitigation measures defined in a Marine Mammal Mitigation Plan (MMMP). Additional measures may include, but are not limited to:
The MMIA for an AEI must also include sound transmission loss modelling.