Patrick Lees, an Environmental Scientist at PDP, is a member of the Fish Passage Advisory Group who have put together resources that help inform engineers, ecologists, environmental organisations and the public around fish passage issues.
Earlier this year on the 18th of April, NZ World Fish Migration Day celebrations began with the New Zealand Fish Passage Advisory Group hosting an event at the Ministry for the Environment in Wellington to launch the National Fish Passage Guidelines for structures up to 4 metres.
The Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, launched the document to over 100 ecologists, engineers and others from 50 organisations representing regional councils, Fish and Game, Department of Conservation (DOC), the Ministry for the Environment and others involved in fish passage management in New Zealand.
The national fish passage guidelines, developed by DOC and NIWA, with input from the New Zealand Fish Passage Advisory Group, will inform the planning, design, construction, management and monitoring of structures up to 4 metres high in waterways. We hope this will be the start of a more consistent national approach to fish passage and instream structure management in new Zealand, and improvement for our freshwater fish.