The fish salvage operation of the Tekapo canal winds up.
Thousands of fish have been successfully removed from the
Tekapo canal with ''virtually no mortalities'', as part of
preparations for a $125 million repair of the canal's leaky
Genesis Energy last week completed a two-week fish salvage
operation before it started repair work on the canal to
future-proof the operation of the Tekapo A and B power
stations. Genesis Energy chief executive Albert Brantley said
about 800 trout and salmon had been recovered.
Mr Brantley said the operation, which was carried out with
the aid of Ngai Tahu and the Cawthron Institute, also
recovered ''a few thousand'' small native bullies and two
The largest fish caught was a 8.6kg brown trout, he said.
Fish and Game Central South Island chief executive Jay
Graybill complimented Genesis for the way it had conducted
''It was a well co-ordinated operation and inclusive of all
the key stakeholders. The Tekapo canal has become an
important fishery for our anglers and the Genesis Energy
effort recognises its high value.''
Fish and Game Central South Island officer Hamish Stevens
said recovery of the fish had been done using electric
fishing equipment. He said it was straightforward with
virtually no mortalities. Trout and salmon were released to
other sections of the canal and native fish relocated to
local streams and rivers.