Have you seen any koura (freshwater crayfish) or kakihi (freshwater mussels)?
Environment Canterbury is keen to investigate the current state of koura and kakahi populations in the region. These mysterious creatures are important mahinga kai species, help maintain the health and water quality of streams and lakes and yet are typically an unprotected component of our aquatic biodiversity.
Nationally, they are considered to be in decline, but their status in Canterbury is largely unknown. Our intention is to use the information to protect populations and prioritise restoration.
A survey is underway so if you have seen any koura or kakihi ECan would love to hear from you. You can complete the survey here.
They also have a Facebook page if you would like to follow their progress.
Images: koura, kakahi © EOS Ecology, http://www.eosecology.co.nz/