I just wanted to have a little rant here. I certified in the beginning of 1988, after being an avid child snorkeller at Goat Island for as long as I can remember (we had a bach at Leigh). I got to know Goat Island very very well for at least a decade and a half. This is the place that made me want to become a marine biologist. At that point life changed and I didn't really get to go back very often.
After living overseas for several years I returned to GI in 2007. I was APPALLED
and severely disappointed at the barrenness of the environment, and the COMPLETE lack of fish. Bear in mind I had seen GI in its "glory days" when people were still allowed to feed the fish, and it was a tremendously rich and vibrant place to experience a great diversity of fish life.
Now it is just somewhat of a wasteland, a "ghost town" of what was once a thrilling place to enjoy as youngster.
Very very sad. Does anyone else feel the same way?
Bear in mind I haven't been back since, so perhaps it is getting better again?
PS There's some very interesting info on the seafriends website on what has happened to this (once) special place. (http://www.seafriends.org.nz/issues/cons/lessons.htm