Three Dunedin youths proud of their catch from the Water of
Leith now face ''community work'' with Fish and Game Otago
for fishing illegally.
The youths boasted of their catches from the Leith and
Lindsay Creek on social media, unaware they had broken the
Both waterways are closed to fishing from the Leith
footbridge upstream from the end of April to October as adult
fish are migrating from the harbour up the river to spawn.
Fish and Game operations manager Ian Hadland said an adult
caught fishing the waters would be prosecuted and likely face
large fines in the district court.
However, due to the ages of the youths - from 12 to 14 - Fish
and Game, in conjunction with the boys' parents, had decided
they should help out rangers and field officers with
monitoring and spawning surveys, so they understood the
damage their actions could have caused.
''They're mad keen on fishing, so this is an opportunity to
work with them and explain why it's important.''
A member of the public had seen the boys fishing and reported
it and then Mr Hadland found the photographs on the internet.
Other keen anglers also alerted Fish and Game to the
''They'd probably caught about half a dozen between them by
At this time of year, it was tempting as there were many
large fish in shallow water but they were there for a reason,
''They need undisturbed time to do their thing.''
Salmon especially were not in very good condition at this
time of year as they were putting all their energy into
''They're not eating fish at that stage.''