Our annual fin clipping was held Saturday 19th March on a very hot day at the hatchery. Originally it was planned for 2 days, but due to the heat and the great work of those present, the 2nd day was abandoned and best efforts were made to let everyone know of the cancellation. Unfortunately 2 car loads turned up on Sunday and we were sorry that their trip was in vain. We fin clipped around 70% of our 70,000 so will have a good idea of the return rate in 2 years time. Everyone there worked exceedingly well in the trying conditions and a cold beer was welcomed at days end.
Earlier in March, 5000 salmon fry, at approx. 55grams, were transferred from the hatchery to the spawning race at Rangitata South Irrigation Ltd. Hopefully they will acclimatise themselves to this environment and if they consider it to be a safe place, will return to this very area in 2 years time at a considerably larger size. Members of Fish and Game and Hatchery volunteers facilitated the transfer.
We will be having our annual fin clipping day's, 19th and 20th March starting 10.00am each day. We have 70,000 fry to clip over the 2 days and would like some help. If you can assist us we would be very grateful. If you can come let us know by ringing Phil (03 6881512) or Robert (03 6159149) indicating which day would suit you. Meet at George road 0945am each morning. Bring your lunch. Cancellations on 98 Port FM at 0800am on the day.
A willing team came up to the hatchery on Thursday (3rd) to help shift the adult fish from the trap to the holding pens. They shifted 38 hen fish and 12 Jacks.
The by-pass stream has been upgraded and divided into 4 pens, divided by concrete portals. Adult fish will be separated into males and females and housed in them prior to spawning. Fences have been added and sun screening fitted. This is a major improvement to what it was last year.