Council welcomes funding for spawn site research
We are pleased to have been awarded $65,000 from the Government’s Community Environment Fund today.
The funding is to be used towards identifying spawning sites for native fish species in the area.
Council's policy manager Jeff Hextall says staff will now begin to scope the project in more detail.
There are three main parts to the project:
- To identify existing and potential native fish spawning areas within the region.
- To develop capacity within local community and Iwi groups to identify potential fish spawning areas and to develop the skills to undertake restoration of these areas.
- To pilot the restoration of fish spawning habitat in the Lower Waipaoa/Te Arai Rivers as a learning exercise for local community and Iwi groups.
“We look forward to working with Iwi and our community partners on this project.” Says Mr Hextall.
The need for the spawning research and pilot was one of a number of important projects identified as part of the preparation of a Water Plan for the district.
The draft plan will be made publicly available later in the month and publicly notified early in 2015.
The announcement from the Environment Minister Amy Adams is well timed after the presentation from Dr Mike Joy last week outlining the national decline in our native freshwater fish species.