NZ longfin eels

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Longfin eel; photo by Steve Moore

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New Zealand Longfin Eels: Freshwater Species of the Week

New Zealand's large, slow-growing longfin eels (Anguilla dieffenbachia) are on a "slow path to extinction," according to an April report by the parliamentary commissioner for the environment. The commissioner has now been joined by a number of scientists in calling for a ban on fishing of the eel

The Longfin eel source: NIWA

Slippery devils — longfin eels

The latest part in NIWA’s summer series… Lurking in the depths of freshwater waterways, all around New Zealand, longfin eels are the most common fish in our rivers. The native longfin eel, at up to 1.6 metres in length, is something to be in awe of, especially when there’s a crowd of them — and they aren’t the most attractive thing you’ve ever seen. There are three native species: the longfin eel, shortfin eel, and the Australian longfin. ’Both shortfins and longfins are widespread…

Close up of Longfin eel, Lake Pounui, Wairarapa. Photo: David Kelly.
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Eels

Eels migrate up streams as elvers to find suitable adult habitat. After many years they return to the Pacific Ocean to breed and die.

The longfin eel that Don jellyman is holding was 1.5 m long and weighed 14 kg. It was caught from a tributary of Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora) in March 2010, and was returned unharmed back to the river. Source NIWA
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Slippery devils — longfin eels

The latest part in NIWA’s summer series… Lurking in the depths of freshwater waterways, all around New Zealand, longfin eels are the most common fish in our rivers. The native longfin eel, at up to 1.6 metres in length, is something to be in awe of, especially when there’s a crowd of them — and they aren’t the most attractive thing you’ve ever seen. There are three native species: the longfin eel, shortfin eel, and the Australian longfin. ’Both shortfins and longfins are widespread…

Longfin eel (top) and shortfin eel source: NIWA

Slippery devils — longfin eels

The latest part in NIWA’s summer series… Lurking in the depths of freshwater waterways, all around New Zealand, longfin eels are the most common fish in our rivers. The native longfin eel, at up to 1.6 metres in length, is something to be in awe of, especially when there’s a crowd of them — and they aren’t the most attractive thing you’ve ever seen. There are three native species: the longfin eel, shortfin eel, and the Australian longfin. ’Both shortfins and longfins are widespread…

Shannan Crow, NIWA

Slippery devils — longfin eels

The latest part in NIWA’s summer series… Lurking in the depths of freshwater waterways, all around New Zealand, longfin eels are the most common fish in our rivers. The native longfin eel, at up to 1.6 metres in length, is something to be in awe of, especially when there’s a crowd of them — and they aren’t the most attractive thing you’ve ever seen. There are three native species: the longfin eel, shortfin eel, and the Australian longfin. ’Both shortfins and longfins are widespread…

Face of lingfin eel source: NIWA
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Slippery devils — longfin eels

The latest part in NIWA’s summer series… Lurking in the depths of freshwater waterways, all around New Zealand, longfin eels are the most common fish in our rivers. The native longfin eel, at up to 1.6 metres in length, is something to be in awe of, especially when there’s a crowd of them — and they aren’t the most attractive thing you’ve ever seen. There are three native species: the longfin eel, shortfin eel, and the Australian longfin. ’Both shortfins and longfins are widespread…