Sharing knowledge and skills and walking the talk
Odin is super generous in sharing his knowledge and skills. He’s helped train Department of Conservation staff in Auckland in how to work with kekeno – a species that can present on our shores and may have to be handled as part of assisting them.
As a lover of the sea and a surfer, he has always appreciated marine life.
“I see amazing marine life when I’m out surfing. Unfortunately, my friends and I also see a huge amount of plastic –along the beach and coastline and in the ocean, where it’s having an horrific impact on so much of our marine species, and the amount of it has increased so much. Kekeno, sea birds, turtles, sea lions and also whales are ending up with huge amounts of plastic in their stomachs and/or being fatally injured by the likes of fishing lines.
“I’m always picking up plastic, and it’s great to see a movement for change and more and more people taking action and championing addressing this issue and doing things like beach clean-ups. We all just have to be super mindful. Like when we’re out fishing and cut the end of a line – dispose of it safely, so it doesn’t end up around a sea lion’s neck. We can really make a difference if we all do our bit,” says Odin.