The McKinnon's Creek Salmon hatchery is a highly successful project working in conjunction with Centra South Island Fish & Game. It provides salmon fry and "eyed ova" to the Rangitata, the Opihi, Orari and Ashburton rivers. It also assists the salmon fishery at Otago harbour with eggs.
A group of Opihi river anglers now looks after the breeding programme for that river and maintains the incubators at 3 Springs stream.
Other areas where the hatchery is involved are;
• The 'fish in schools project' run by fish & Game
• The development of 'Ealing Springs' as a salmon spawning area
• Riperian planting
• Salmon habitat protection
• Assisting Fish & Game by providing fry for irrigation intake testing
We are always looking for help at the hatchery, and persons or groups to assist financially or sponsor particular projects.
Those wishing to assist can contact Phil de Joux on 027 442 2454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Remote incubators at Mesopatima
A good catch, Rangitata mouth.