Marine Park Map

The original proposal for Marae Moana was that it will cover only the southern half of the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone. During public consultations from 2011 to 2014, communities in all islands, as well as government and non-government stakeholders, requested that Marae Moana be extended to include the northern Cook Islands. Consequently, the geographical scope of Marae Moana covers the entire Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone, an area of 1.9million km2 (734,000 square miles). The Marae Moana Act 2017 requires that this area be managed for the primary purpose of protecting and conserving the ecological, biodiversity and heritage values of the Cook Islands marine environment. Within the area are marine protected areas around each of the 15 islands, extending 50nm from the baseline and established under Section 24 of the Act where no large scale commercial fishing or seabed minerals activities are permitted.