FROM THE NEWS DESK
Living on an island means being surrounded by sea, so the state of our ocean matters.
I see the marine environment through my mask as I snorkel around Waiheke’s northern coast most days in summer.
It’s a desolate wasteland out there.
I watch people fishing off the rocks and know they are wasting their time. There are precious few legal sized fish anywhere near the shore.
Every summer, I take my daughters to Tawharanui and Goat Island marine reserves to see hundreds of fish in the space we would see one or two around Waiheke.
Last weekend, Auckland marine biologist Roger Grace told me fisheries management has failed to protect biodiversity and habitat in the Hauraki Gulf. The Ministry for Primary Industries is planning to spend $8 million on snapper tagging to catch up on what divers and snorkellers can see all too clearly.
Dr Grace says it’s too little to late. I couldn’t live without the saying, better late than never.