MATT WATSON OCEAN GURU, ITM FISH­ING SHOW

Element - - Climate Change -

New Zealand is an is­land na­tion. We have one of the largest coast­lines in the world, and the ninth largest ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone.

All Ki­wis have a con­nec­tion to the ocean whether they know it or not; its value to our na­tion, and im­por­tance to our fu­ture, is far wider reach­ing than ex­port earn­ings from fish. Hav­ing a healthy, abun­dant ocean is crit­i­cal in main­tain­ing our well­be­ing, our cul­ture, and the Kiwi life­style we cher­ish so much.

So, if the del­i­cate bal­ance of the oceans’ ecosytem con­tin­ues to tip to­ward col­lapse, fu­ture gen­er­a­tions may never ex­pe­ri­ence a liv­ing, abun­dant ocean and the sim­ple plea­sure of catching a fish to take home and eat. In Paris I’d like to see our gov­ern­ment set aside the pol­i­tics and horse­trad­ing and solely fo­cus on the fu­ture, so we can get some sort of agree­ment to turn around cli­mate change, be­cause if the ocean is screwed, we’re screwed.

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