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At the Magislrate's Court on Fiiday before Mr T. A. B. Bailey, S.M., George Kay, Harold Parker aud Hugh Quartley were charged with netting trout in Lake Ellesmere. Mr Dougall appeared for the defendants and Mr Gresson for the informant, the ranger of the Acclimatisation Society.

Counsel said tbab on December 5, the defendants were at the mouth of the Halswell River. They were all anglers, and went out during tbe day fishing. In the evening they set a trawling net, and on the Sunday morning rowed out and up the net. The ranger of the Accilimatisation Society and others went out in a boat, intercepted the defendants and found twenty five trout and two email flounders in their boat Maoy of the trout were net marked. The point at which tbe net was set was outsidofyhe posts.which marked the mouth of the river, but he would show tbat even so tho Act was against the law. An Order in-Council of Septembee 19, 1890, gave Acclimatisation Society control of salmon and trout in certain lakes. A provision of that order made it ille gal to net within one mile of the mouth of the river. It would be contended tbat general regulations of August, 1907, overruled the special regulations of 1890 and 1896, but even so it was an offence to net trout,

John S. Main, ranger, Faid that be watched iha defendants. Two of them set the net. It was a flounder net He searched the defendants' boat, and found the tront. Tbe net was outside the poles, and netting for flounders was! permissible there. For the defence, counsel said that Kay was a well known fisherman, and as a bit of sport be went out into the lake to drag a net for flounders. It was a bit rough, so they set the net. All that Parker did was to row the boat in the morning- No attempt was made at concealment. All the big trout in the net were returned to the | lake and the dead ones were put in the iboat. The boat was rowed in broad daylight. Tbe Aocilinatisation Society fixed the boundry posts, The regulations 1907, did not preclude net tiDg for trout outside the 500 yards radius of the mouth of the river,

H Parker, said tbat he was at Lake December 6. He did not go out in the boat on the evening, but did in the morning. Except that he held a bag for the net, he took no part

in the proceedings. He knew nothing of tbe law on the matter.

The Magistrate held that it was illegal to net trout in Lake Ellesmere, He would fine Kay and Quartley 403 each, and dismiss tbe charge against Parker,

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NETTING TROUT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3464, 24 December 1914

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NETTING TROUT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3464, 24 December 1914

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