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New movie aims to boost efforts to save New Zealand's eels

New movie aims to boost efforts to save New Zealand's eels

Updated 24 October 2012, 18:19 AEST

The longfin eel is an essential food for New Zealand's Maori, but it's under threat from numerous environmental factors.

The eels, known to the Maori by the name Tuna, can live many decades and grow to enormous sizes, but they only breed once, in a mysterious location in the Pacific Ocean near Tonga, and then they die.

The young eels travel from the breading grounds to the headwaters of New Zealand's rivers.

In an effort to save the eel Emily McDowell a Wellington director has made a film called Saving Tuna produced by the Wellington-based Gibson Group.

She explained her motivation to Isabel Genoux.

Presenter: Isabel Genoux

Speaker:Wellinton based director of the new film Saving Tuna Emily McDowell

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