Friday, March 19, 2010

500 eels die

A sad story from stuff
"Hundreds of eels, some as old as 50, have died in a devastating pollution spill in the Puhinui Stream last week."Wai Care Manukau co-ordinator Andrew Jenks says "It just takes one small act to undo a huge amount of benefit people have been putting in over the years."
Jaden helped Wai Care contractor Paul Woodard with the clean-up, the pair focusing on a 1km area near Liverpool and Glasgow Aves.
In just two days they collected 500 dead eels. Mr Woodard estimates there could be hundreds more.
Auckland Regional Council pollution response manager Nigel Clarke says water samples tested have shown nothing out of the ordinary. The council will also investigate whether the pollution came from a local business. Pollution hotline: 3773107.
What selfishness and what a waste. I hope they catch the pollutor.


Anonymous said...

Marty, that’s a small part of the eels problem. Are you aware of the research done on eels that indicates that the long finned eel is now an endangered species in many catchments? It’s scary, there appear to be lots but the return and replenishment rate has plummeted. Get onto it, it needs our tws focus.

Regards Bored

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Marty,
Anon is correct. Eels are indeed in great danger, too much pollution, too much harvesting. Like the Whio being driven to more and more remote country where they thrive they are running out of places to go. It would seem eels should be thriving but they are not. This is a devastating loss.

Marty Mars said...

Kia ora Bored and Robb

I thought I had posted about the threat to long finned eels but it must have slipped through. Thanks for the reminder I'll get a post up soon.

Anonymous said...

Wanna know a real tragedy, ask around about the tuna heke at Wairewa this year. Say goodbye to rangatiratanga, tohungatanga and whanaungatanga, ohh and say goodbye to the copper sheened tuna.