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This was a news article taken from the Herald newspaper on 28th September 2006
By Guy Rogers
Marine and Coastal Management legend “Hotfoot” Harry Watts, 58, has died.
With his trademark sunglasses and tough but kind hearted approach, Watts’ had been much-loved in the fishing fraternity, colleague Dennis Mostert said yesterday.
“He got his nickname by pitching up when transgressors were least expecting it. He taught us all the ethical values of Marine Conservation. We will miss him.”
Having battled countless marine transgressions for 25yrs. First with Sea Fisheries and then Marine Coastal Management, Watts received a special commendation from his head office for his part in the operation in which South Africa and Australia joined forces to clamp down on rouge trawling in the southern ocean.
Watts’ doctor and long time friend Coastal Environment Trust chairman Dr. Peter Schwartz said he had always been impressed by the MCM official’s efforts to educate transgressors before enforcing the law.
“Because of this he was loved by all, even those he busted. But he was dedicated. He stayed up night after night on the dunes with binoculars waiting for the perlemoen poachers”
Schwartz said that Watts had always wanted to become a doctor and although he had not been able to pursue this, he enjoyed studying human anatomy and physiology.
Watts’ twin sister Hester Berriman, said her brother had been “a gentleman” and clear cut on all issues.
Twice divorced Watts had no children and lived for his job, she said “his passion was nature conservation and the sea”
Watts died in hospital yesterday of organ failure, after falling ill three weeks ago. A memorial service will be held for him at the Hill Presbyterian Church in Port Elizabeth at 3pm tomorrow.

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