June 6, 2008
No Turds and Tampons, Just a Multitude of Life
Sir, Darren Guard states that the Horoirangi Marine Reserve has murky water, and that there is nothing to see anyway apart from rocks, turds and tampons.
I would suggest Mr Guard resign immediately as inshore fisheries spokesman, as it is apparent he knows nothing of the environmental conditions and purpose of Horoirangi Marine Reserve.
I have been snorkelling there frequently in the summer months over the past six years and I'm amazed at the variety of marine life, especially since the marine reserve was established.
I have seen at least 12 different species of fish as well as sea slugs, urchins, stingrays and orcas. The clarity of the water is great; it's only murky after rain or storms.
I am sure the Nelson City Council would not appreciate his comments on the turds and tampons either, after its recent upgrade of the sewage treatment plant at Wakapuaka.
The water doesn't have to be clear to create a good nursery for fish. That's the primary objective of a marine reserve, not human leisure activities. Snorkelling and greater fish numbers are just positive spinoffs. Environmental reserves give us hope for the future.
Wakapuaka, June 3.
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