Conservation Comment: Native fish need our voice

Posted 29/10/2018

NZ Herald website

The parlous state of freshwater fish protection in New Zealand is finally being addressed by our Government.

One of the saddest and most ironic stories in New Zealand conservation history is about the only native fish with full legal protection, the New Zealand grayling. It achieved that rare honour by governmental decree in 1951.

This legal protection was maintained when the regulations were reviewed in 1983, but the bitter irony is that, even in 1951, the grayling was presumed extinct, as it hadn't been seen for two years. In the Whanganui Regional Museum, a single stuffed grayling sits as a stark reminder of a treasure lost for all time.

Read the full article here.