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Salmon Symposium

Post by Steve » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:38 pm

Managed to get along to this in Ashburton at the weekend - want to congratulate Fish and Game on a very well run event, the quality of information was very good as were the presentations, highlights for me was the presentation from Canadian fisheries expert David Willis which was very informative and gave insights as to the way forward.

New Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage was equally interesting as she gave the audience hope that the new Govt will address many of the environmental issues impacting on our river - to sum it up - she's on our side!

At one point organiser Mathew Hall asked the audience if they was anyone in the room who disagreed that the salmon fishery was in a perilous state - no one did - I spoke to one retired Rakaia Gorge farmer who remembered the good old days - over 100 fish for a season! - how times have changed...
The weekend ended with some words of wisdom from retiring F&G head Bryce Johnston - who suggested this was perhaps our last chance for these rivers and therefore the salmon fishery - when you consider what we once had - took for granted for so long - we can't afford to lose the King of fish and the King of our rivers - and so the fight to save the last of the salmon has begun - I hope it's one we can win!

Here a news item about it: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zea ... s-new-lows



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Re: Salmon Symposium

Post by Johnno » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:30 pm

Last time I went salmon fishing - seriously salmon fishing - was the 1997 season. Then I moved away.
My last wild salmon was March 1997', a 26 pounder from the Rangitata Surf.
That year my biggest fish was a 33 pounder from the Waitaki Mouth.
Friends had bigger fish.
From memory I had around 30 salmon that year from Dec 1996 to March 1997.
The majority were over well over 20 pounds.
Some on the fly. The biggest fly caught from the Hurunui. ( does the Hurunui still even have a run?)

If we can return to those sort of seasons it'd be a miracle. :(

One other thing: In March 1997 you could go to any given part of the Mataura River on any given day and it'd be deserted.....

20 years later and haven't times changed......



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Re: Salmon Symposium

Post by Steve » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:54 pm

Yes I remember the mid nineties runs - people everywhere - salmon everywhere - so I thought guiding for them might be a good idea - yeh right!



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Re: Salmon Symposium

Post by TIDDLER » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:48 am

STEVE - I KNEW THAT OUR RIVERS USED TO RUN A LOT MORE SALMON BUT I HAD NO IDEA OF THE NUMBERS .
ACCORDING TO THE BELOW ARTICLE - BEFORE ROXBURGH DAM WAS BUILT( I was still in the womb) - THE CLUTHA USED TO HAVE RUNS OF 20 T0 50,000 SALMON . :o
IMAGINE THE FISHING DOLLARS THAT WOULD BRING TO ROXBURGH - ALEXANDRA AND SURROUNDS NOWDAYS !

I LIVE BY THAT RIVER AND ONLY A FEW LOCALS BOTHER EVEN GOING AFTER SALMON . SAD THING IS GOVERMENT KNEW THE NEED FOR PUTTING FISH CORRIDORS IN AROUND DAMS BUT THEY DIDN'T BOTHER . HOPEFULLY WE AS A COUNTRY WILL LEARN FROM THIS LACK OF FORESIGHT !

https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-o ... our-salmon



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