Last updateTue, 18 Apr 2017 8am

Fish Forever

What unites this team of local volunteers is a shared commitment to protect the diversity of marine life in the Bay of Islands. As part of the campaign, the group is raising awareness about why we need no-take areas and sharing the science with the community in an accessible way so that people can make an informed choice to support the campaign. As well as seeking new means of protection, the group is supporting other initiatives by local groups who are actively preserving special places in the Bay of Islands, such as the Rahui at Deep Water Cove (Maunganui Bay), initiated by the Te Rawhiti community.

The Fish Forever team comprises people with a variety of skills and personalities, providing a mixture of vision, experience and energy. Here are short introductions to just a few of the group:

John Booth

JohnBoothJohn D Booth PhD
Rawhiti, Eastern Bay of Islands 

Until recently John was a shellfish research scientist with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, with interest in recruitment processes in spiny lobsters. He has been published widely in local and international science journals, and contributed to several books, on spiny lobsters and other invertebrates. He was a member of the Subantarctic Marine Protection Planning Forum which led to the establishment of MPAs around Campbell, Bounty and Antipodes Islands.

Ria Bright

RIARia Bright BA (Hons) Dip Tch
Opua, Bay of Islands

Ria is a secondary school teacher originating from Wellington. She fell in love with the gentle Bay of Islands, and decided to raise the children here. Ria's concern for the local marine life grew as she heard more people lamenting the lack of fish and smaller sizes compared to by-gone days: "Our Bay is why this area is so special - it needs protecting - simple as that!"

Vicky Froude

VickyFroudeVicky Froude PhD in environmental science & policy
Russell, Bay of Islands

Vicky is an ecological scientist with expertise in the measurement of natural character; environmental assessment and monitoring; and environmental policy analysis. She moved to the Bay of Islands in 2006 following time exploring the waters surrounding various Pacific Islands. Vicky is an experienced scientific diver and keen sea-kayaker and has extensively explored the underwater and topside marine environments of the Bay of Islands.

Dr Jeremy Gibb and Ann Gibb

jeremy-anneDr Jeremy Gibb TIPENZ & Mrs Anne Gibb
Rangitane, Kerikeri

Jeremy and Anne have a long association with the coasts of NZ and the SW Pacific Ocean through both work and play. Since establishing their coastal management consultancy in 1993, they have worked on a wide range of projects in both NZ and Samoa. Prior to that, Jeremy, as a founding director of DoC was responsible for the establishment of marine reserves in NZ and the protection of marine mammals. Earlier, he had been a member of scientific expeditions between the tropics and Antarctica and mapping the diverse coastlines of NZ. Both have witnessed the progressive depletion of marine life in their lifetimes and want to contribute to reversing the trend.

Derry Godbert


Derry Godbert M.A.(Oxon) MNZM
Waipapa, Kerikeri

Derry has been heavily involved in Marine Biology particularly in the Bay of Islands area and was part of two previous attempts to set up a marine reserve in the Bay - he's pleased to be involved in this very impressive project and the team is delighted to be able to draw on his historical experience to help Fish Forever be successful. Derry is known locally for teaching nearly everyone to sail when they were children.

Roger Grace

roger-graceRoger Grace BSc, MSc, PhD, QSM
Algies Bay, Warkworth (with a nomadic tendency)

Roger is one of New Zealand's great underwater photographers. He is also a well known scientist, and has published many reports on the state of our marine environment. Roger often works as a photographer for the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior and has supported marine conservation in New Zealand for decades. The Fish Forever team is privileged to have his support on the campaign.

Vince Kerr

IMGA0684_vince_team2Vince Kerr

Vince is a biologist with a background in environmental education, and conservation management. He has been an active marine conservation campaigner for many years and is a founding member of Vince aims to bring together the vast range of marine resources out there and make them accessible to every New Zealander.

Julie Kidman

julie Julie Kidman Dip Tchg
Russell, Bay of Islands

"My grandmother used to say I had salt water running through my veins." Julie has been sailing since childhood, diving since mid-teens and now adds marine conservation to her passions. After time-out sailing the Pacific, Julie is now a resident of Russell in the Bay of Islands. She has a corporate background in sales, training and management. She provides business acumen, facilitation and public speaking expertise to the Fish Forever team.

Catherine Langford

CatherineCatherine Langford MA
Paihia, Bay of Islands

Catherine moved to the Bay of Islands in 2007 quite by accident and lived on a houseboat for two years. Formerly, she ran the marketing and communications department for an international architecture practice in London and now uses skills gained from this role to support small businesses in the area. She is the campaign manager and looks after Fish Forever's online presence.

Chris Richmond


Chris Richmond BSc (Aquatic and Earth Sciences)
Russell, Bay of Islands

Chris has been professionally involved with protecting and repairing aquatic habitats since 1971. After embracing scuba diving in 1988 he took on protecting fish populations as well. He’s been involved in marine reserve establishment or monitoring at several sites in New Zealand and overseas. He and Vicky produced the underwater DVD, “Like more Fish” about Kapiti Marine Reserve in 2004. In the Bay he has been active in Russell Landcare, BOIMP, Baycare and Fish Forever as well as exploring the marine environments between Whangaroa and Poor Knights.

Wendy Tobin

WendyWendy Tobin

Wendy is a tour de force campaigner who incorporates her eco-philosophy into everyday life. During many hours of volunteering for Fish Forever she has shown absolute commitment to the campaign objectives and has been a key driving energy for the team. Wendy is the chairperson of the marine semi-committee.  She has sailed around the globe with her family (with plans afoot to do it again soon).

Dean Wright

dean wright 11 Dean Wright
Opito Bay

Dean is a lifelong fisherman who fell in love with the Bay as a teen. He moved here from the Taranaki and worked on game-fishing charter boats during the 1980s. His interest in marine conservation was sparked snorkelling at the Poor Knights: “Clouds of fish surrounded me; I swam with huge snapper, kingfish and stingrays. When I got back on board my perspective had changed and I realised why we need no-take areas.” Dean is a photographer and web designer; he designed the Fish Forever website and provides the team with great IT skills. He is also treasurer for Fish Forever and Living Waters.

Join Fish Forever

Northland-Dive-crayfishAnnual Membership Rates:
Student/concession - $15.00
Affiliate (please name organistation) - $15.00
Individual - $25.00
Family - $35.00

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