Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


"I can, I can swim up, upstream!"

"I can, I can swim up, upstream!"

North Shore City Council is hoping a new 10m-long 'fish bridge' built in Eskdale Stream, Birkdale, last week will encourage fish life to move further upstream and breed.

Close to seven cubic metres of rocks have been carefully placed in the stream to help fish (including white bait/inanga) swim up to and through a culvert.

Project manager Tom Mansell says a study of 26 streams carried out in 2002 highlighted the barrier for fish passage in the stream.

"The Stream Walk Programme looked at fish passage, upstream movement and habitat," he said. "The presence of fish life in our urban streams is a good indicator of general environmental health and it was important to identify any areas where man-made works may have affected that environment.

"This new fish bridge is part of a series of works designed to improve the condition of the stream and address stormwater issues in the catchment. The placement of rocks in the stream will also protect the surrounding banks from erosion."

A population count carried out near the Eskdale culvert before the establishment of the fish bridge found more than 70 fish in the stream including longfin and shortfin eel, redfin and common bully, inanga and koura.

Mr Mansell expects the rock placement to encourage more fish travelling up the stream past the culvert.

"We'll measure the resident fish population below and above the culvert area during the next two breeding seasons", he says. "Our findings will hopefully contribute to our knowledge of urban streams and give us some good pointers on how to minimise disturbance in the future."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news