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Fish and a weir…

2 August 2005

Fish and a weir…

Designing and building a fish pass over the Taupo Stream weir, Plimmerton is not as easy as it sounds. It’s taken a year from design to completion of the fish pass and this co-operative effort is shared by Porirua City Council, Ngati Toa, Department of Conservation, QEII National Trust, Transit New Zealand and Greater Wellington.

This year’s theme for Conservation Week 2005 (1-7 August) is ‘Everything is connected’. This means exploring the connections between living things, what’s upsetting the balance and the work we need to do to ensure survival of native species, and conservation places.

Opening the fish pass during Conservation Week is very appropriate. As Greater Wellington’s Policy Development section leader Murray McLea says, “One of the important things we know is the survival of many of our native fish depends on their migration between the sea and freshwater. The pass will help connect the Taupo Swamp with the Taupo Stream and the sea.

“Greater Wellington is pleased to have been part of the project. We recognise we have a role in protecting the biodiversity of rivers and wetlands, and this includes the habitat of two of our native fish species, the inanga and giant kokopu. Promoting fish water passes is now an integral part of our work,” says Environment Committee Chairman Chris Turver.

“Completion of the Taupo fish pass shows growing engineering expertise in design and construction. On-going monitoring of the fish pass and more plantings are some of the future plans for the area. The commitment of the local community and authorities will ensure the future of our native fish in the Taupo Stream.”

ENDS


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