RARE NATIVE FISH FOUND IN KENEPURU STREAM
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.