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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series stresses the importance of conserving New Zealand's marine life -- and the danger that overharvesting poses to it.
Positive Role Models
The officers work hard to protect New Zealand’s beaches and marine wildlife.
Violence & Scariness
People who are cited for violating fishing laws occasionally get upset and yell insults at officers. Weapons (guns) are occasionally visible.
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Occasional curses are fully bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People involved in accidents are sometimes suspected of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows law enforcement officials as they try to protect New Zealand's marine wildlife and has a strong conservation/protection message -- is pretty mild overall. People who are being fined for breaking local fishing/harvesting laws sometimes start yelling, but all profanity is fully bleeped. Illegal activities like poaching are discussed, and guns are occasionally visible. Alcohol and drugs are sometimes suspected in boating and swimming accidents.
Is It Any Good?
Narrated by Bray Poor, Coastwatch offers a glimpse at the fishing and aquatic culture that New Zealand is famous for. But the real story here is the growing danger that overharvesting and organized poaching pose to the country's natural resources. Much of the show's discussion revolves around the importance of protecting New Zealand's beaches and sea animals, which are quickly being depleted.
Despite some angry reactions from people who are being fined and/or arrested by the officials, the series isn't very violent or dramatic. In fact, most of the scenes lack the action that viewers might be accustomed to seeing in reality-based crime shows. But folks who like this sort of thing will find the show entertaining.
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