Posted on 19 April 2017

New member on the Stakeholder Panel

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Welcome to Blake Hornblow, who has joined our Stakeholder Panel as the youth representative.

Nelson native Blake has a long standing interest in all things marine. He’s just finished a degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries at the University of Otago, and plans to do an MSc in marine conservation in 2018. As a Blake NIWA Ambassador he joined a 6-week oceanographic voyage in 2015 to the Ross Sea on RV Tangaroa, which was a "life-changing experience".

Blake attended his first panel meeting on 6 April.

"Traveling to the pristine and rich biodiversity of the Ross Sea ignited my passion for the concept of sustainable and valuable oceans. I am excited to be involved in Sustainable Seas as I think it will make a real difference in assessing, valuing and managing our marine ecosystems for today and into the future.

"Until the meeting, I didn’t realise how many sectors are involved – it was great to see so many voices represented, discussing and influencing the research that’s happening, and trying to find a better way forward together."

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