During the summer break a new stainless steel tank was fitted inside the hatching shed. The tank, 4.8 meters long was built by Bleeker & Weith in Timaru who supplied all the labour for free. The remaining cost was shared by the RGB Group at the Rangitata mouth community and the Mid and South Canterbury Community Trust. We are very grateful for all the support to supply this tank. Once salmon smolt are removed from the incubators they will be put into this tank to continue their development.
Concrete portals have been fitted to the hatchery by-pass stream to divide the stream into pools to better manage adult salmon on their return to the hatchery.
Gabion baskets were positioned in the hatchery site by-pass stream in the early Spring to halt the erosion of the sides of the stream and to provide a firm base to fit planned concrete portals which will divide the stream in to pens, able to hold adult fish. Funding for the project was successfully granted by Timaru District Council and volunteers excavated and filled baskets to complete the work.