AOTEA HARBOUR, AOTEAROA ~ NEW ZEALAND

Tuna (Freshwater Eel), Aotea Harbour, New Zealand - filmed by Davis Apiti in its naturnal environment

The monitoring of the fresh water streams for water quality, native fish species and habitat will ensure that these areas are protected.
The eel fisheries must be maintained to a high standard. This is to ensure that maraes will always have an abundant amount available. From time to time areas will be sanctioned off (no-go zones) to ensure this happens.
No commercial eeling will be tolerated.
Native fish such as adult inanga, banded kokopu, giant kokopu, and shortjawed kokopu will have higher priority of protection over introduced species such as brown trout.
Activities within these areas must be well planned to ensure that they are left as they are found and not interfered with.
Any accidents, such as spills or chemical pollutants, must be notified to the Kaitiaki immediately.
Effects of environmental damage must be recorded and appropriate officials (eg Dept of Conservation, Environment Waikato) will be notified.
Use of heavy machinery in freshwater zones will be strongly discouraged as it has a damaging effect on the ecosystem and its natural features.
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