Hmmmm an interesting thread with some passionate views. Here’s my two cents worth.
First cent. Overfishing in the Hauraki Gulf is symptomatic of the global overfishing problem. Too many people (7.8 billion of us) wanting to eat more fish than is sustainable. Our species is like a plague of locusts consuming everything on the planet. We are aided in this by continuing advances in technology: from bone fishhooks to hardened steel ones, from small wooden waka to ocean going factory trawlers.
Second cent. What we have seen in the Hauraki Gulf (and are still seeing) is a “tragedy of the c