Marine Wildlife Conservation and Rescue, Project Jonah
The award’s main statement is: One person can make a difference.
For those of you who read the Dive New Zealand/ Dive Pacific magazine’s farewell to Ross Guy in the April/May, issue 99, 2007, page 74, you will understand why we have posthumously awarded Ross this award.
Briefly – he was one of New Zealand’s greatest conservationists. He established Project Jonah in the early 1970s, he produced and ran training programmes with his Marine Wildlife Conservation & Rescue manuals which he had developed in association with Department of Conservation and with support by the Body Shop.
He had an unbendable passion about protecting whales and dolphins and through his lectures and numerous articles he endeavoured to bring an awareness of the marine environment’s declining health to the people of the world.
He once said before it became fashionable: “Everything is intelligently self-regulating and acting coherently and wisely except humankind. The time has clearly come for us to take care of the sea.”
He was a big part of the beginning of the conservation movement in New Zealand.
His passion for the marine environment never faltered.
He did make a difference.