On Saturday May 5th, the Lyall Bay Guides volunteered on our Wild Futures Programme to help save the longfin eel on a project funded by Mobil Oil New Zealand. The group met with Peter Reiman, head of the Trelissick Park Restoration Group, who has been volunteering in the park for over 20 years.
The Kaiwharawhara Stream runs through the Ngaio Gorge and is an important habitat for the longfin eel or tuna (the Māori word for eels). Eels migrate upstream as elvers to find a suitable adult habitat and after many years, they return to the Pacific ocean to breed and die. Pressure on this species such as pollution, habitat degradation and damming is resulting in their decline. Many 1000s of volunteer hours go into restoring the habitat in Trelissick Park each year. The guides did a fantastic job of removing weeds and doing some riparian planting. Having native plants alongside the stream is important as it provides shade and increased habitat for insects, an important food source for the eels.
Find out more about how you can get involved in this project below and help save the longfin eel today!
Want to get involved?
Please get in touch with Conservation Volunteers on 0800 56 76 86 or [email protected] to get involved or to find out more.