World Fish Migration Day was celebrated in Christchurch right next to the Ōtākaro Avon River at the bustling
Margaret Mahy Playground. Working Waters Trust was there, along with many other fascinating stalls showing live fish, a fact-finding treasure hunt, and learning how to be a stormwater superhero.
We had a fake stream, complete with it's very own hydropower station and a 'big mamma' longfin eel made out of recycled stockings. Kids got stuck in to move elvers (young eels) up above the dam, or moving the big mamma migrating eel down past the dam. We also had branches, rocks and blocks for them to make pretend 'tuna townhouses'- to give eels home in our urban streams where they can hide from birds and larger eels. Thanks to everyone who helped out with the stalls, or who came along to learn about our FFF - Fantastic Freshwater Fish!
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.