Freshwater Eels and People in New Zealand: A Love/Hate Relationship

Part of the Humanity and the Sea book series (HUMSEA)


New Zealand has a relatively small native fish fauna, just 38 described species (McDowall 1990), a small number relative to the 95 in Japan, a land of similar size. Eels are the largest and most frequently encountered native species in New Zealand, and often make up 90 % or more of the biomass (total weight) of fish in a river or stream (Rowe et al. 1999).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Water and AtmosphereChristchurchNew Zealand

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