This Department of Conservation (DOC) site has information about the protection of New Zealand's natural and historic heritage, how and where you can enjoy public conservation places, and how to get involved in your area. http://www.doc.govt.nz/
Environment and Conservation Organizations of Aotearoa New Zealand (ECO) provides you with the nations top issues surrounding our environment. ECO and more than 60 groups are working together to conserve and protect New Zealand's natural heritage. http://www.eco.org.nz/
Forest and Bird: Giving Nature a Voice is a New Zealand based conservation group, working on the nation's top environmental issues. Visit http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/
Maritime New Zealand
MNZ Manages and controls the maritime community, working to establish and implement rules and regulations to ensure a safe marine environment for work and recreation. http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/default.asp
Ministry for the Environment
Here are some of the main focus areas of work for the Ministry for the environment:
environmental management systems, including laws, regulations and national environmental standards
national direction through national policy statements and strategies
guidance and training on best practice
information about the health of the environment.
For more information: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/index.html
The following agencies have key responsibilities and functions for marine management.Within the Ministry for the Environment website, you can link up to these agencies: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/oceans/government-agencies.html
Antarctica New Zealand: Antarctica and the Southern Ocean-valued, protected, understood: http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/
The Sir Peter Blake Trust: "Leadership in Action" aims to help New Zealanders make a positive difference for the planet through activities that encourage environmental awareness and action, and leadership development. http://www.sirpeterblaketrust.org
Project Jonah is a New-Zealand based charity committed to creating a world in which animals are protected and respected. A network of volunteers make up this passionate kiwi initiative, known for its 'let's just do it' approach. Project Jonah has been saving whales since 1974 with their rescue, action and protection programs. With marine mammal welfare at the base of the organisation, this down to earth group is heavily involved with efforts to respond to stranded marine mammals on New-Zealand shores.
To learn more about Project Jonah link here: http://www.projectjonah.org.nz/
Known for 'basking' in the sun, this friendly shark is the second largest after the Whale shark.
Basking Sharks are impressive migrators, historically found in all of our ocean's temperate zones. Although fished aggressively in past centuries, today the Basking shark is most commonly found in the waters off New Zealand, Canada and Ireland.
Like his cousin the Whale shark, the Basking shark is a filter feeder, relying on Zooplankton and small Invertebrates as its main source of nutrition.
Reaching sizes of up to 10 meters, these sharks are gentle giants, known to swim slowly and near the surface of the water. Characterized by their docile nature, Basking sharks are an easy fishing target, and they are still hunted for their flesh, fins, and the gallons of oil produced by their livers.
Basking sharks equipped with research tags have proved to scientists they can swim across oceans and cross equators along their journeys. They have also been seen breaching and swimming nose to tail in what is thought to indicate mating behavior.
With fewer than 8,000 female Basking sharks left in our oceans, scientists are hurriedly trying to learn more about these mysterious creatures. Some believe they could become indicators of climate change given they are constantly following, searching for, or feeding on a great indicator of eco-system health, Zooplankton.