As a group, the Fiordland Marine Guardians are responsible for managing and caring for Fiordland’s precious marine environment.
Between us we represent commercial and recreational fishers, tourism interests, recreational users, marine science, conservation, and the local community.
We support the ethic of kaitiakitanga (stewardship) and let it shape our approach. Kaitiaki are people who are given reponsibility to look after specific resources as custodians and regulators on behalf of the whānau (family), iwi (tribe) or hapū (subtribe). Ōraka-Aparima Rūnaka Inc is the mandated iwi kaitiaki for the Fiordland area.
We provide advice to government, make recommendations on management measures, promote information sharing, assess the impacts of activities or threats to the area, and help monitor the health of the marine environment.