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The question of allowing cylinders to be used on Lake Ellesmere has been much talked of lately, ag, by an error, the Canterbury Acclimatisation Society did not have the act amended last fession to allow their uae. The position appears to be that city men have no chance of shootiDg the ducks wi'houfc cylinders. To our mind the shooting of ducks on the lake should be restricted as much as possible, as the black swan are slowly but surely eating out the duck food, and the time must come when the duck is seen no more on Lake Ellesmere,

Taking advantage of the presence of the Hon. F, M, 13 Fisher, Minister'of Marine, in Ohristchurcb, a deputation from the Canterbury Acclimatisation Hociety waited on the Minister on Friday to put several matters before him regarding Lake Ellesmere.

Mr Clarke said that the Society wished that cylinders might be used on Lake Ellestnere for duck shooting Since cylinders had been forbidden, the conditions had changed, and now ducks might be shot from cylinders of regulation size without danger of ex termination. Duck shooticg on the lake was practically impossible to city men without the use of cylinders, and was restricted to land owners near the lake. It was not asked that cylinders should be allowed on other lakes and shooting grounds, but only on Lake Ellesmere. To meet the Society's wishes the Animals' Protection Act svould have to be amended.

Mr Tidsali said that the Council of the Society was unanimously in favour of the request. SALE OF TROUT IN CHRISTCHUBCH.

Mr Clarke said that the Society was not sufficiently protected in regard to the sale of trouf, which should be prohibited in Christchurcb, It was impossible to say at present where a particular fish camo from and a retailer could place any indication mark on it he pleased. Trout was a sport'wg fish ; it was not in tLe same "position as other edible fioh. No declaration was required by sellers on the local market as to where a particular trout came from.

Mr Tisdall said that the Council of Society had fought hard against tie sale of trout in Christchurch.

Mr Fisher said that the rfquesfc amounted to a demand that the sale of trout should be stopped all through New Zealand. The sale could not°be stopped in one place and permitted in another place.

Mr Clarke said that on account of the sale of trout, there was a danger that they would be fished out here, If anybody could get a net and net trout and sell them, it would simply mean that there would be no trout.

Mr Davey said that tho position was a very difficult one, It would be difficult to stop people from the North Island sending trout to Ohristchurch.

The Minister said he would look infco the position. Professor P/iDce would be here soon, and he would like the Acclimatisation Society to meet that gentleman. He was the highest authority on that subject in the world, and as a result of his visit it was probable that the whole position in regard to fishing would bechanged. In the meantime, no steps would be taken.

Mr Tisdall said that the netting question was a very burning one, and if the Minister knew what trouble the Society had gone to in order to establish fish, he would understand bow the Society felt.

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LAKE ELLESMERE, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4374, 24 February 1914

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LAKE ELLESMERE Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4374, 24 February 1914

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