Eel rescue!

As part of our recent work with Contact Energy on the Waikato River, we re-located a number of mature Longfin Eels downstream of the hydro dams on the river.

These threatened species have been transferred upstream over the dams since 1997, but when the reach maturity they have no way to get back downstream and head out to sea to complete their life-cycle.

As part of a recent fish survey in Lake Ohakuri, with the support of Ngati Tahu - Ngati Whaoa, we moved 25 mature Longfins (those over 2kg in weight) to give them a chance to reproduce.