June 24, 2008

Rare Fish Found Flourishing

A rare and threatened native fish has been found thriving in a stream near Levin.

A total of 27 giant kokopu were found during a Horizons Regional Council survey of fish in a small section of a stream between Kawiu Road and Lake Horowhenua.

Horizons Research Associate Carol Nicholson said individual giant kokopu recorded in the survey ranged in length from about 70 millimetres to 200mm, indicating that the population was sustaining itself.

"We were astounded to count so many of these fish, which are listed as rare and threatened nationally, in such a short section of the Lake Horowhenua tributary stream.

"A similar survey two years ago revealed only a couple of the fish, so we were delighted to see that they seem to be thriving now."

The stream is in an area where Horizons Regional Council has been working with landowners to improve streambank vegetation.


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