More than 60,000 wilding pines and 180 kilograms of grass carp were among the pests removed from Northland in the past year. The pests were among a swath of unwanted invaders capture by the Northland Regional Council. The 60,000-plus wilding pines were removed from sand dunes, gumlands and wetlands as part of the national wilding conifer control programme. The 182kg of grass carp were removed during two pest fishing events at Awanui’s Lake Heather. Their weight came from just 34 fish. More than 300 highly invasive tench were also removed from Te Kopuru’s Lake Kapoai after two fishing events, bringing the total number of these fish removed in the past decade to more than 6000. The pest removal work is carried out with the Ministry for the Environment.