Anglers were delighted when more than 30,000 fish got away in
The Dunedin Community Salmon Trust and PricewaterhouseCoopers
staff volunteers released more than 30,000 salmon smolt into
the Water of Leith yesterday.
The smolt were transported from the Sawyers Bay hatchery
using a specially converted milk tanker.
''It's always a good feeling when we release, as long as they
don't go in dead. There's usually a few that get banged on
the head,'' hatchery manager Roger Bartlett said.
It was the third release this year but the first using the
new $5000 tanker.
''It's an awesome feeling. This is what it's all about,''
DCST chairman Brett Bensemann said.
''After we release the fish, it's up to them. Once they're in
the Leith, they get an imprint of the Leith water and they
come back to where they were released, because of the
The trust plans to release more than 220,000 smolt this year,
with the help of partners the Tautuku and Green Island
fishing clubs, Otago Salmon Anglers and Salmon City
''By having everyone involved, we're creating a base. We want
Dunedin to become `Salmon City','' Mr Bensemann said.
''Salmon bring a huge amount of money into the city, provide
food for the table and it's such a great sport for kids.''