• Cause of dead eels found at Ruahapia Stream under investigation

Cause of dead eels found at Ruahapia Stream under investigation

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is investigating after more than 100 dead eels were discovered in the Ruahapia Stream in Hastings. 

Katrina Brunton, HBRC’s Group Manager of Regulation says they responded to a "pollution incident" earlier this week at the stream, by Kenilworth Road, Hastings. 

The eels began dying from Tuesday.

Regional Council staff are working closely with Hastings District Council staff to investigate the cause.

"The Regional Council is gathering a full picture of the likely cause of the eel deaths to inform the next steps it will take."

Brunton says environmental incidents like this are unacceptable.

“Anyone who has information to give us a better picture of what happened should contact our 24/7 Pollution Hotline on 0800 108 838, whether anonymously or otherwise. 

“We have zero tolerance for pollution incidents, particularly where they cause significant environmental harm." 

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