Bay of Islands Maritime Park Inc comprises people with a stunningly diverse range of skills and personalities, providing a mixture of vision, experience and energy.

Catchment Semi-committee (Living Waters)
Chris Richmond - Chair
John Booth
Sandra Scowen
Nicole Simonotti - Treasurer

Marine Semi-committee (Fish Forever)
John Booth -Chair
Chris Booth
Ria Bright - Co-secretary
Karen Field
Catherine Langford
Wendy Tobin
Dean Wright

JohnBoothJohn D Booth PhD
Rawhiti, Bay of Islands 

Until recently John was a shellfish research scientist with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, with interest in recruitment processes in spiny lobsters. He has been published widely in local and international science journals, and contributed to several books, on spiny lobsters and other invertebrates. He was a member of the Subantarctic Marine Protection Planning Forum which led to the establishment of MPAs around Campbell, Bounty and Antipodes Islands.

RIARia Bright BA (Hons) Dip Tch
Opua, Bay of Islands

Ria is a secondary school teacher originating from Wellington. She fell in love with the gentle Bay of Islands, and decided to raise the children here. Ria's concern for the local marine life grew as she heard more people lamenting the lack of fish and smaller sizes compared to by-gone days: "Our Bay is why this area is so special - it needs protecting - simple as that!"

CatherineCatherine Langford MA (Hons)
Paihia, Bay of Islands

Catherine moved to the Bay of Islands in 2007 quite by accident and lived on a houseboat for two years. Formerly, she ran the marketing and communications department for an international architecture practice in London and now uses skills gained from this role to support small businesses in the area.


Chris Richmond BSc (Aquatic and Earth Sciences)
Russell, Bay of Islands

Chris has been professionally involved with protecting and repairing aquatic habitats since 1971. After embracing scuba diving in 1988 he took on protecting fish populations as well. He’s been involved in marine reserve establishment or monitoring at several sites in New Zealand and overseas. He and Vicky produced the underwater DVD, “Like more Fish” about Kapiti Marine Reserve in 2004. In the Bay he has been active in Russell Landcare, BOIMP, Baycare and Fish Forever as well as exploring the marine environments between Karikari and the Poor Knights.

nicole simonottiNicole Simonotti
BSc (Hons) Geology & Env Science
Paihia, Bay of Islands

Nicole immigrated to the Bay of Islands in 2013 from South Africa working as an exploration geologist in the mineral mining sector for 5 years in Africa. Having hands on exposure to the destruction and restoring humans have done and are doing to the environment, Nicole joined Living Waters to contribute in promoting a healthy sustainable biodiversity. Nicole is Living Waters Communication Officer (updates the website, FB page and newsletters); and the BOIMP Treasurer.

WendyWendy Tobin

Wendy is a tour de force campaigner who incorporates her eco-philosophy into everyday life. During many hours of volunteering for Fish Forever she has shown absolute commitment to the campaign objectives and has been a key driving energy for the team. Wendy is chairperson of the marine semi-committee.  She has sailed around the globe with her family (with plans afoot to do it again soon).

dean-wright-11 Dean Wright
Opito Bay

Dean is a lifelong fisherman who fell in love with the Bay as a teen. He moved here from the Taranaki and worked on game-fishing charter boats during the 1980s. His interest in marine conservation was sparked snorkelling at the Poor Knights: “Clouds of fish surrounded me; I swam with huge snapper, kingfish and stingrays. When I got back on board my perspective had changed and I realised why we need no-take areas.” Dean is a photographer and web designer; he designed the groups' websites, and provides the team with great IT skills.


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