MATT WATSON OCEAN GURU, ITM FISHING SHOW
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.