RARE NA­TIVE FISH FOUND IN KENEPURU STREAM

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A rare na­tive sh, the Short­jaw Kokopu, has been found dur­ing a sur­vey of streams in Porirua’s Botham­ley Park. The­Coun­cil en­gaged eco­log­i­cal con­trac­tors, Wild­land Con­sul­tants Ltd, to sur­vey the na­tive sh liv­ing in the streams within Botham­ley Park and to iden­tify sh pas­sage bar­ri­ers as part of the Botham­ley Park restora­tion project. “The dis­cov­ery of a rare na­tive sh in the park is ex­cit­ing and shows the bene ts of pro­tect­ing streams and their mar­gins,” says Leisure As­sets and Ser­vices Man­ager Jonathan Gul­land. Short­jaw kokopu is an un­usual nd for the Welling­ton re­gion, par­tic­u­larly for an ur­ban stream. It is the rarest of the ve white­bait species and is usu­ally soli­tary or found in low num­bers. The other white­bait species are inanga, banded kokopu, gi­ant kokopu and koaro. Mr Gul­land says this rare nd is a re­minder for Porirua res­i­dents that the only thing that should go down stormwa­ter drains is rain­wa­ter. All stormwa­ter drains feed into the city’s streams and out to Porirua Har­bour so con­tam­i­nants like paint, car wash suds and dirt should never be washed or poured down these drains.

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