David, B. O., Hamer, M. P. & Collier, K. J. (2009). Mussel spat ropes provide passage for banded kokopu (Galaxias fasciatus) in laboratory trials. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 43(4), 883-888.
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The use of mussel spat ropes to enable the passage of banded kokopu (Galaxias fasciatus) past perched culverts was tested under laboratory conditions. A 0.5 m high simulated perched culvert was fitted with one of two UV stabilised polypropylene rope types: “Russet Loop” and “Super Xmas Tree”. Four randomised replicate trials using each rope type were conducted to test their respective abilities to provide passage for “fresh-run” banded kokopu whitebait (migrating post-larval juveniles). There was no statistical difference in performance between the two rope types, with both performing equally well over each 3 h trial. A high proportion of fish used the ropes to successfully negotiate the structure (mean >85% individuals per trial irrespective of rope type). The high rate of successful passage over a short time period suggests that these ropes may be an effective, affordable and potentially easy retrofit to perched culverts, particularly for native species with similar climbing capabilities to banded kokopu.
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