Voluntary work on sustainable fishing recognised
Gore man Alan Key has been fighting for the rights of recreational fishermen for 25 years.
For his ongoing voluntary work, he has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal.
His goal over the years, he says, has been to make sure the ocean fishery is sustainable and recreational fishermen are treated equally with other stakeholders.
He loves fishing in the sea and wants future generations to have the same opportunities he has had.
Key was nominated to represent the interests of southern recreational fishermen in 1989 and continued in the role for 25 years. He contributed to projects including the Foveaux Strait Dredge Oyster management working group, Paterson Inlet fisheries working group and blue cod working group.
Key has participated in the Guardians of Fiordland group for 18 years, since its inception, and developed the Fiordland Marine Conservation Strategy between 2000 and 2005.
He has advised several government departments and, from 2010 to 2012, was involved in the development of the proposal "securing a fishing future" and presented it nationally.
The Southland Times