There are a number of government agencies with responsibilities for the management and protection of eels:

  • The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) manages the eel fishery under the Fisheries Act.
  • The Department of Conservation (DOC) has responsibilities for protecting eel habitat and fish passage under the Conservation Act and under the Biodiversity Strategy.
  • Councils, overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, set rules and conditions on activities that affect eels.

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