April 17, 2013
Wai Māori wants action on eels
Te Wai Māori Trust is calling for urgent action on a report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment that concluded the longfin eel is on a path to extinction.
Chair Ken Mair says eels or tuna are an iconic species for Māori, and any follow-up should include Māori input.
It wants the Minister for Primary Industries to urgently review the information provided by the Commissioner, Dr Jan Wright.
Mr Mair says much of the traditional eel habitat in swamps and flood plains has been drained, dammed or developed.
He says many iwi are addressing what they recognise as a crisis in eel numbers by restoring habitat or leaving their quota unfished.
Copyright © 2013, Uma Broadcasting Ltd