7500 young salmon (from last years crop) were released on 23rd July into McKinnons Creek. These fish ( one year old) will travel down to the Rangitata river estuary then swim out to sea, spending the next 2 years in the ocean before returning. Click the video button to see the young fish preparing to migrate down the creek.
Click the video button to see the fish being transferred from the hatchery to McKinnons Creek.
The Trust had its AGM on 5th July at hut 60 Rangitata Reserve South. There was a good attendance and many of the issues facing hatcheries were discussed.
The Committee consists of;
President: Phil De Joux
Treasure: Alan Brooks
Secretary: Paul Centofanti
Chris De Joux
Tim Wakefield (ex officio )
Dennis Laplance Chairmans Report to the AGM is attached below.
Work continued over the period with eggs being picked over, dead eggs removed and as the eggs hatched their progress was monitored daily. Once the egg sack dissolved away the small fish were known as being "zipped up". At this stage they were transferred to stainless steel tanks inside the shed where they are at time of writing. They all appear to be progressing well and they are learning to take food from the water surface.