October 03, 2023
Tuwharetoa tries to fend off gold clam onset
Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board is taking steps to protect Lake Taupo from an invasion of freshwater gold clams tagging along with the summer boaties.
Chief executive Rakeipoho Taiaroa says it’s talking to the Department of Conservation and Biosecurity New Zealand about what can be done to keep out the Asian species which has established itself in the Waikato River.
He says they’ll get the word out – but with at least 20 known boat ramps and multiple unknown access points across the 193km shoreline they’re relying on lake users acting responsibly.
“Certainly I can understand that everyone’s a little bit concerned. And that’s great. Because the other thing too is information, comms before people come to Taupōnui-ā-Tia, check your bloody boats,” Mr Taiaroa says.
The Department of Conservation will monitor the lake over summer.