Maria sent me this lovely cover with the five stamps issued on 07 June 1978, which describes the importance of the sea in New Zealand. Within New Zealand there is keen interest in the extent of the sea's resources and how they can be used. This set of stamps focused on the sea and its resources. Brief details of what is featured on the stamps is as given below :-
This stamp features the Maui gas drilling platform situated 53 km off the Taranaki Coast. The gas field over which it stands was discovered in 1969 and is among the 20 largest in the world.
Harvesting the produce of the sea has always been an expensive business. Modern fishermen operate craft with sophisticated equipment such as the trawler depicted. This kind of vessel represents a large financial investment.
Legislation provided New Zealand with a 200 mile (322 km) exclusive economic zone, giving greater control over the resources of the waters surrounding our shores.
With the gradual increase in the number of whales, the Government considered a marine mammal protection act under which it would be able to protect marine mammals within the economic zone. Research continues into mammal species about which little is known. Dolphins and a whale are depicted on the stamp.
Some of the more common fish taken commercially by the fishing industry and found in New Zealand waters are featured on this stamp - kingfish, snapper, groper and squid.