New Zealand has turned its back on the US and the opportunity to jointly propose a Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA). The joint proposal would have been presented to CCAMLR in November of this year. The US wanted stronger conservation values – which New Zealand has not agreed to – an indication of our Government’s position on this issue. That position has not been officially presented, but one can only assume it will be more of the same – continued commercial fishing and the destruction of what is the most pristine marine ecosystem on Earth.
This decision is an environmental tragedy with no consideration for future generations. Short term profits have overridden the opportunity to protect this last untouched ocean and in doing so create a place for the world to celebrate, to share, and study what scientists refer to as our last ‘living laboratory’. This is a move that could potentially generate far more revenue for New Zealand than any fishery ever would.
This lack of foresight is an embarrassment, when New Zealand could have provided global leadership. I was also disappointed that only one member from this Government made the effort to see my film The Last Ocean.
On this day I do not feel proud to be a Kiwi.
The Last Ocean film has a general release in New Zealand starting from September 6th.