From Wildife Extra:
Native trout reintroduced into their New Zealand home
It is the world’s first release of banded kokopu back to the wild, made possible with expert assistance from Waikato trout farmers Jan and Charles Mitchell and funding from the Waikato Catchment Ecological Enhancement Trust.
On 5 April approximately 10 shortjaw, 40 giant and 200 banded kokopu were transferred from Charles and Jan Mitchells’ aquaculture farm at Raglan into waterways within Maungatautari’s Xcluder pest proof fenced enclosures.
Maungatautari Trust chief executive Jim Mylchreest said the return of the kokopu was an important link in recreating, as close as possible, the ecosystem that once existed on Maungatautari.
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