Friday, 13 November 2015

Tribute to the father of marine reserves Bill Ballantine

Bill Ballantine at the Cape Rodney – Okakari Point Marine Reserve, Leigh, Northland, NZ.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dr Bill Ballantine on November the 1st 2015. Bill was the pioneer of marine reserve protection in New Zealand and worldwide. 
As the first Director of the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Laboratory, Bill contributed significantly to the creation of New Zealand’s first marine reserve at Leigh in 1975. These efforts ultimately led to the creation of more marine reserves throughout New Zealand and spawned an enormous body of scientific literature in New Zealand and worldwide based on research in marine reserves.