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Saving whitebait and eels, Auckland

Part of the work of Watercare Services is to test water quality for native fish and elvers (baby eels) and relocate them from the lower Nihotupu dam, to the upper dam, where they’ll be safe from fishing. They also catch eels that are migrating back to Tonga in the higher dam and relocate them downstream so they can make their way to sea. The team relocate 2 to 300 whitebait and elvers a week, and in the high season about 10,000 fish total!  

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This project is part of Te Taiao | Nature at Te Papa.