Anglers will still be able to land prize trophy fish from the
Tekapo canal when sections of the waterway close for 14 weeks
in the new year.
Genesis Energy will de-water sections of the canal to repair
the canal's lining from January 14 to April 12. Although
salmon from the Mount Cook Alpine Salmon salmon farm will be
removed to another canal, wild trout and salmon will remain
in the canal.
Genesis Energy public affairs manager Richard Gordon said the
company was working with Fish and Game and Ngai Tahu to
wild fish would be salvaged from the de-watered and closed
sections and put back at alternative locations on the
''When we take water out of each section of the canal there
will be a fish salvage operation as the water goes down,'' Mr
''Large sections of the canal will still be open for fishing.
''We know there are a lot of fish in there, both salmon and
trout, and we know there are some pretty big fish in there.
''Even though the canal won't have new water flowing into it,
we will be monitoring the oxygen levels and water temperature
in those other sections of the canal where fish are.''
Mr Gordon advised anglers to check the Genesis Energy website
for details about public access while the repair work on
sections of the canal was under way.