Otago Fish and Game ranger Steve Dixon demonstrates
electric fishing in Quarry Creek to East Taieri School
pupils last month. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
East Taieri School pupils were thrilled to see a live eel
up close recently.
The year 2 and 3 children inspected the eel after it was
fished from Quarry Creek by Fish and Game Otago ranger Steve
He showed the pupils how electric fishing was used to
discover what lives in the creek.
Quarry Creek runs through the school's grounds but its water
quality in that stretch means there is no life, so Mr Dixon
took the group further down the creek to where it met the
It was there he found the eel and was able to show it to the
''It's good for the kids to see what is in their backyard and
get out of the classroom and looking into a stream to see
what is there.''
Using the electric fishing equipment, a current is put into
the stream, stunning any fish life, enabling him to pick up
fish in the net and put them in a bucket.
In streams which are monitored, the fish are measured and
identified before being released back into the waterway.
There is little fish life in the stream but finding the eel
means the creek is healthy enough to support life in some
Former teacher Christina King said the school had monitored
water quality in the creek, which runs into the Owhiro
Stream, since 2006.
Seeing a real fully grown eel had delighted the pupils and
they spent the next few days investigating what type of eel
it was and where eels came from.
''They're really interested after seeing it. We were very
''We were hoping to catch a native fish but we didn't see
it,'' Ms King said.
The school hoped to put together all its monitoring data on
the creek and present it to the Otago Regional Council with
the aim of getting something done to improve the water
quality, she said.