By Jay Harkness, Forest & Bird, J.Harkness [at] forestandbird.org.nz
"Fish, fish, the family dish." It's a familiar rhyme to the postwar generation, but less so to a member of Generation X.
Fish is not the plentiful family favourite it once was, and that's a sign of a serious conservation problem.
There are plenty of other signs, too, that the overall number of fish in New Zealand's waters is in steep decline. If it continues, we will be responsible for a huge failure in our duty to care for our environment – and we will have lost a big part of what it is to be a New Zealander.
There are a host of perfectly workable ways to avoid this, however. Marine reserves are a critical part of doing that.