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Summary Page: Fresh Water Ecology
Term 1 starting 24 March 2010.



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Go on a learning adventure with your class to the central North Island and explore the Tongariro National Trout Centre. Visit the brand new Trout Centre aquarium and meet DOC staff who will teach you all you need to know about the importance of water quality in sustaining biodiversity. DOC scientists will also share with you how management of the trout fishery is helping them learn about water quality in and around Lake Taupo. Take in a Maori perspective of freshwater by finding out about the cultural uses of Lake Taupo, and see how DOC works with the local hydro-electrical industry to ensure this pristine reshwater environment is not adversely affected.

Where you will go

The Tongariro National Trout Centre has played an important role over the years in raising awareness of the importance of freshwater conservation and the need to create a sustainable fishery resource. The complex has seen many changes and improvements over the years. The most recent addition to the Trout Centre is a freshwater aquarium. It exhibits native fish and crustaceans, together with trout and pest fish, creating a wonderful insight into the local freshwater environment.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-4

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adaptations, Bay of Plenty, fisheries, food webs, fresh water environments, habitat, insects, lakes, life cycle, managing resources, rivers, sustainability, Taupō, trout