At least 20 per cent of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park would be protected under ambitious new proposals designed to reverse dwindling fish numbers.

The proposed changes could see large swathes of the Gulf placed in marine reserves or made off limits to fishing to help marine species rejuvenate.

The Hauraki Gulf Forum - made up of council, government and tāngata whenua representatives - also voted at a meeting this week to work to restore 1000 square kilometres of shellfish beds and reefs which have been destroyed by decades of plunder.

The forum's State of Our Gulf 2017

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