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Ashburaton Acclimatisation Society.

At a meeting of the above society, held on Friday evening, the following report was read :— ■

" The year just closing has not been a ■very good, one for trout, as inconsequence of the very low state, and m some^ cases drying up, of the several streams m the district, numbers of fish have been destroyed. However, if the drought causes a falling off m the number of large fish, the absence of floods during the spawning season ought to increase our supply of young fish for the future. During the .season we have purchased from the. North Canterbury Society, and liberated m the Ashburton river i 5,000 brown trout, and 5000 fontinalis, at an outlay of £36. . " Your Committee have much pleasure Hn reporting a considerable increase m the number of licenses issued, and also a ' .'better. ' financial position, our credit balance being £7 m excess of that of last 'year, which, as,we have purchased more ; jfish this season than last, and paid up \ .sundry outstanding accounts may be con-

aidered satisfactory. The North Canterbury Society having taken measures for allowing trout to be netted and speared m the lakes for sale to the public, we have drawn up regulations for a similar purpose which will be con* sidered to-day. The regulations for fishing with rod and line for coming season, which it is proposed to open on 15fch September, have been forwarded to ■Government and will be gazetted shortly. A circular from the Otago Society, with reference to the destruction of black .shags has been received, asking for our co-operation. As these pests are rather numerous on the Rangitata and Rakaia rivers, and destroy a good many fish, we recommend the Society to offer a small reward for their heads.

" All the lakes and streams m the county are now pretty well stocked, with the exception of the lakes at the head of the Ashburton river, which ought to be attended to as soon as possible, as they would tend to keep up the supply of fish m the Ashburton river."

" In conclusion, the Committee wish to convey their thanks to Mr Walker for his untiring efforts on behalf ot the Society while m Wellington, and to Mr Herring for kindly replacing some fish m the river which were left stranded m one of the Alford creeks on account of the drought.

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Ashburaton Acclimatisation Society., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2506, 1 September 1890

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Ashburaton Acclimatisation Society. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2506, 1 September 1890

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