Follow themen and women who patrol, protect and preserve New Zealand'swaterways in Coastwatch.
NewZealanders are a nation of boaties and fishers, both amateur andprofessional, and our America's Cup image is that of a happypeaceful yachting nation. Yet our waterways are increasinglyfraught with danger, subterfuge and confrontation.
From thehighly-organised international poachers backed by shadowymulti-nationals to gangs stripping paua beds between cannabisgrowing seasons, poaching of fish and shellfish is a huge, illegalbusiness which costs New Zealand's economy in the vicinity ofhalf-a-billion dollars a year. Poaching is so chronic in some partsof the country some fish stocks could be wiped out.
The stakesare increasing; spiralling prices in Asia for black-marketshellfish make the trade even more lucrative but increasingpenalties, mandatory prison terms and confiscation of boats haveracked up the tension.
Throughthe series, production teams from Cream TV (makers of 'BorderPatrol' and 'Coromandel Med') are on location with the Ministry ofFisheries, Coast Guard and Marine Police as they go about theirduties. They might be busting paua poachers on a remote Northlandbeach; finding a missing competitive swimmer in Waitemata Harbour;or dealing with the hazard created by a dead whale.
Join inthe action - whether it be on beaches, boats, planes, in forests oron the wharves with Coastwatch. It's more than countingfish!