There's an eel of gigantic proportions at the South Canterbury Museum. So gigantic it will surround Parliament sometime soon.
The monstrous tapestry eel is part of an awareness project and petition to stop commercial fishing of the native longfin eel (te tuna), the world's largest eel.
And South Canterbury schools and the local branch of the Kiwi Conservation Corps (KCC) are all doing their bit to help.
The KCC is the latest group to add another couple of metres to the length of the eel "tapestry". It will be wrapped around Parliament Buildings next year to coincide with the presentation of a petition calling for a ban on the commercial fishing of the eel, KCC South Canterbury branch co- ordinator Win Parkes said.
Eel numbers are falling and commercial fishing is being blamed. They do not bred until they are 80 years old and travel to the Tonga Trench where they spawn and die. The larval eels drift on ocean currents to New Zealand where they make their way up river as elvers to live out their lives as key predators in fresh water ecosystems.
The tapestry "eel" is moving around the country, growing as groups add their own sections. Locally, some of the 60 families involved in the KCC (the primary school-aged section of Forest and Bird) used a range of materials to produce the collage which has become their contribution.
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