Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve

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Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve
Map showing the location of Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve
Map showing the location of Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve
Map of New Zealand
Location North Island, New Zealand
Nearest city Leigh
Coordinates 36°15′55″S 174°47′52″E / 36.2652449°S 174.7978878°E / -36.2652449; 174.7978878Coordinates: 36°15′55″S 174°47′52″E / 36.2652449°S 174.7978878°E / -36.2652449; 174.7978878
Area 5.18 km2 (2.00 sq mi)
Established 1975
http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/marine-and-coastal/marine-protected-areas/marine-reserves-a-z/cape-rodney-okakari-point-goat-island/

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve is a 5.18 km2 (2.00 sq mi)[1] protected area in the North Island of New Zealand. Goat Island lies within the reserve and Leigh is the closest town. Auckland University operates a marine laboratory at the reserve. It was created in 1975 as the first marine reserve in New Zealand.

With more than 200,000 visitors per year, it is a popular spot for snorkellers and scuba-divers, due to the abundance and diversity of fish now living within the reserve, after over 35 years of protection.[2] Species that can be found in the reserve include Australasian snapper and New Zealand sea urchin (kina).[3]

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  1. ^ "Cape Rodney – Okakari Point Marine Reserve Marine Reserve". protectedplanet.net. 
  2. ^ Enderby, Jenny & Tony (2006). A guide to New Zealand's marine reserves. NZ: New Holland Publishers. ISBN 978-1-86966-114-4. 
  3. ^ Coastal & Aquatic Systems Limited (Autumn 2011). "Cape Rodney to Okakari Point Marine Reserve and Tawharanui Marine Park Reef Fish Monitoring: UVC Survey". New Zealand Department of Conservation. 

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