The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000 requires the Hauraki Gulf Forum to prepare and publish, once every three years, a report on the state of the Hauraki Gulf environment.
Most of the indicators examined in this third report (State of the Environment Report 2011) suggest that the Gulf is experiencing ongoing environmental degradation, and that resources are continuing to be lost or suppressed at environmentally low levels. The report states there was not enough information to adequately characterise the impact that some activities are having, although it is suggested that the effects from commercial and recreational fishing effects are likely to be among the most significant in the Gulf. On a brighter note, it is clear that island and marine conservation efforts are clearly producing positive outcomes.
The full report is available from www.haurakigulfforum.org.nz