Graham Surrey is a freshwater ecologist with experience working in both Local and Central Government, as well as the private sector. He is certified to carry out the Stream Ecological Valuation (SEV) method for assessing the condition of freshwater streams, and is a qualified electric fishing operator. He has experience in field sampling techniques and the identification of freshwater macroinvertebrates and fish through numerous field surveys. Graham has also been extensively involved in reviewing fish passage solutions that are designed to allow the migration of native fish past in-stream structures.

Graham has experience in delivering spill response training to industry and in formulating site-specific spill response plans. He has a wide range of experience in reviewing and writing resource consent conditions that involve freshwater systems.

Other areas that Graham has been involved in include managing post-border biosecurity incursions and providing intelligence analysis while working for the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Outside of work Graham is passionate about paragliding, a sport that he indulges in whenever the weather allows! He is the current Secretary and immediate past-President of the Auckland Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club.


  • Freshwater ecology.
  • Resource consent reviewing.
  • Stream ecological valuation (SEV) methodology.
  • Fish passage design.
  • Electric fishing.
  • Biosecurity investigation.