Eel art in New Zealand by Gwil

One of the posters on our Eel Town Facebook Group, Sal Hobbsie, showed me the following mural by Gwil, a New Zealand artist:

I reached out to Gwil to ask him for the story behind this mural, and here is what he wrote:

“Hi Nick, Thanks for getting in touch mate. Well the Eel party mural is part of a series of walls where myself and a couple friend have been painting aquatic life around the eastern suburbs of Wellington. It is part of a community initiative that Wellington Electricity lets us paint on a range of their substations and they supply us with materials. All the locations are areas we grew up around which makes painting them an honour for us and hopefully the surrounding communities can enjoy them. If their was a message it would be relevant to any of the walls – To revere and celebrate our aquatic animals

Cheers Nick”

Thank you, Gwil! You can see more of his work at and

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200,000 Dams and Culverts that No Longer Serve a Purpose

Eels mentioned at the very end. A U.S. FWS Office has $1 million to spend on removing barriers to water flow, which they say should cover about 25 projects. When you look at how many dams and culverts there are that could be removed, it shows how valuable it is to determine which ones can have the biggest impacts on stream flow and migratory fish.