Even when on holiday in Golden Bay, Projects Manager at Working Waters Trust, has the freshwater bug. A very rare species of freshwater mussel is currently only known from one pond/stream near Onekaka, but has museum records of being found in a larger area on the Western side of Golden Bay. Sophie has been out looking for samples with her dad, and has just sent some to a specialist at Te Papa who is able to tell them apart from the common freshwater mussel species found around most of the country- fingers crossed we have found a new site or two!
UPDATE March 18: Te Papa has confirmed we have found two new sites for the rare mussels-with a grand total of 3 known waterways now. Probably more out there to be found next summer. Fantastic news!
Watch this space for news on our newest project. In 2018 we are launching our 'Te Tuna Tāone - Urban Eel' project. This project will focus on community-led action to protect and care for our endemic longfin eel in our urban waterways in Christchurch, that are under stress from issues such as polluted stormwater.
A huge thank you to our partner Enviroschools Canterbury and our funder, the Rātā Foundation, for enabling this project to kick-off.