The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 1890 A WHOLESOME EXAMPLE.
Many as have been the mistakes made by over enthusiastic—or rather, we should write non-discriminative— acclimatists in the introduction into New Zealand of birds and animals which have developed into scourges of, the first magnitude—as witness the sparrow pest and the rabbit nuisance 1 —there is one department at anyrate 1 irfwhicli the most beneficial and satisfactory results have attended their efforts. "We refer of course to the' stocking of our rivers and lakes with fish. Of indigenous fresh-water fish New Zealand was the possessor of very few indeed—for purposes of sport or of food we may say practically none, the eel only excepteel—and it is a great triumph for our pisciculturists that thanks to their energy and well-directed efforts nous avons cJiangb tout cela and can enjoy for ourselves and provide for our visitors the finest trout-fishing in the world. Nearly all our rivers and streams are well-stocked with salmo trutta, salmo firio, sahno fortinalis, and numbers of other well-known species of salmonidae, and the waters some of them are to use the words of Punch's Irishman "positively shtiffwicl em." Nor are our speckled beauties only half-pounders up to (rarely) 2, 3 or 41bs as is the case in English waters, 81b and 101b fish being very plentiful and brobignagian fellows of 151b, 201b, 241b, nay, even as much as 281b and 321b being capturable in some of our rivers and lakes. Already our rivers are capable of furnishing no inconsiderable addition to our food supply, and will assuredly yet help very considerably to the material progress and prosperity of the colony, by attracting hither thousands of enthusiastic devotees of what' has been termed " the gentle art," in which old Izaak Walton found such delight to his soul, Those, therefore, who by the use of such abominable methods as dynamiting compass the wholesale destruction of the fish which it has cost so much pains and expenditure to introduce, certainly deserve to be visited with condign punishment, calculated to convince them of the fact that such conduct is an offence against the colony, because inimical to the general weal. And right glad o,yq we to see that this is the view taken by the Resident Magistrate at Christchurch, who was called upon to deal with two such offenders a day or two ago, and who did his duty by imposing upon them the substantial penalty of £10 each, Two or three more such sentences, and these wholesale fish destroyers, who have been at work elsewhere as well as in the f Selwyn Avill perforce be compelled to desist from their unlawful and mischievous practices, for the very cogent reason that th 3y will find it altogether too expensive v proceeding to continue an indulgence therein.