Strong support was expressed for a special marine management area for Marlborough at the second 2017 Marlborough Marine Futures Forum on 2 July.
The Forum focused on a paper circulated by the Trustees to provoke and focus discussion proposing a Marine Park concept for the Sounds. Discussions were robust and informative and the results of an online survey revealed many people want a special marine management area rather than a Marine Park. The idea of zoning and managing areas for their associated uses and values was supported and the Trustees were encouraged to develop these ideas further. These will be circulated after further discussion with the Marlborough District Council on how overarching management frameworks and overlapping functions can be integrated.