Go eeling

Mike Holmes pulls shortfin eels from a fyke net, under the watchful eye of his hound Jack. A decent day returns 150 kilograms—six bags—to make up his 20-tonne quota for the year.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

Holmes has seen a lot of change in the ecology of the river over the years, particularly the eutrophication of the waterway. He used to get ‘beautiful eels’ in the deep stretches, but now there’s little oxygen in the deeper areas of the lakes. He has been transferring elvers from below the hydroelectric dam into the lake above it since 1990—a couple of million every year.

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