Scott stems from several generations of seafarers with his grandparents avid big game fishers in the early 1940’s.
Scott has been the managing directors of multiple companies & organisations for over 30 years with a background in estimating/ costing, contracts, sales, designing, building, manufacturing & stock control. Most of his spare time has been dedicated to the great outdoors.
After spending a lifetime growing up around the sea, both above & below the water, developing their angling skills & learning first-hand about the marine environment it became easier to contribute valuable data & knowledge to scientists, fellow anglers & fisheries managers on marine issues. His intimate knowledge of the New Zealand coastal waters has proven invaluable at time to the white shark research work conducted by Department of Conservation and NIWA over the years.
Scott is an internationally renowned angler, and has been ranked in the IGFA world top ten numerous times. Almost half his catches were released live & most of the balance donated to science. This has greatly influenced anglers worldwide in sustainable sport fishing practices. In June 2012 Scott, already a life member, was appointed as a member of the International Committee of representatives for the INTERNATIONAL GAME FISH ASSOCIATION (IGFA) promoting ethical angling through science & education worldwide. In 2014 Scott reached the pinnacle of his fishing career by receiving the most prestigious international angling awards, the International Game Fish Associations Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Scott is a highly regarded international angler whom has contributed to hundreds of marine research projects by collecting specimens, doing DNA sampling, satellite tagging, promoting seabird catch mitigation, photographing & documenting different specimens, & co-authoring scientific papers. He has written many articles, guided international photographers, scientists, documentary producers & guest starred in a number of television shows. Scott speaks regularly at fishing clubs, schools & events around the country on marine related subjects.
Scott is a master scuba diver & has achieved many diving qualifications over the last 40 years. Logging up thousands of dives both here in New Zealand & overseas. This has given him a thorough insight into the underwater marine ecosystem.
Scott has been involved in charity work since 1990 & is currently a volunteer cataloguing marine collections at the Auckland Museum fish lab.