NETTING LAKE ELLESMERE.
DEPUTATION TO MINISTER.
A deputation from tbe Canterbury Acclimatisation Society waited on the Hon. Q. W Russell on Saturday last Jα connexion with his proposal to net Lake Ellesmere for trout for sale to the oublio
Mr E. Hardeastle said the deputation represented about 1000 anglers in the Society's district, which es tonded from the Clarence to fcbfi Rakaia. Hβ pointed out to the Minister that the Society annually stocked its lakes and rivers from Lako which acted as a nursery for the troai; H the lake was netted it would do away witb tbp Society's nursery, as the fish did not go up and spawn in the big rivers, but in the smaller —rain rivers, such as the Selwyn in which the Society carried oat ifcs stripping operations Furiher the lake supplied the rivers to the south onah as the Rakaia and Rangitatu, and also to the north. If the lake was netted it would spoil the fishing in these ' rivers also. The tagging system instituted by the Society proved the migration of the ti3h from Lake Ellesmere In two years' netting the whole of the fish cnild be taken from j Lake Ellesmere The Society sympathised with the Minister in hia desire to get cheap fish for tbe people, but considered that be could do better work in trying fco organise the present of sea At any ra'e, bja proposals regarding Lake Ellesmere would re suit in entirely spoiling the local fish iner- Oα the other hand there were back country lakes that could be I netted, and in this connexion the j ppenker referred sppcially to a southern I lokea, where thsre were splendid fi-h which could not be taken except by netting. Lake Coleridge was another lake that could possibly bo utilised.
Dr Morten Anderson endorsed tbe previoas ppeaker's remarks about Lake Elle a rr>f"'e being the nursery for fcbe local fishing, aad tbe damage that weald be done by netting Netting the mouth of riysrs, would, he thought, be a grave mistake, as jt would prevent fresh run fi-b going up too rjyers to maintain the quality of tbe fish in tbe rivers. Netting round the beaches and at a distance o£ a mile nr so from the mouths of the rivers might be permissible but tbe fisb should be allowed free accessa to tbe rivers. He thought that netting should not be allowed for some years yet.
Tbe Minister said he was obliged for the information given him. Netting the lakes would only be carried out where there was a legitimate surplus of fifb, and when the lake was shown to be overe'ockpd for ordinary fishing
purposes He appreciated Lake Ellos mare's peculiar position as a nursery for fifb, and suggested that the Acoli m&tisation Society should prppare a report on the matter. Mr E. F. Stead had already promised him a full report. Ho promised the deputation that nothing would be done without careful consideration of tbe just rights of fishermen Hβ would not undo tbe good work of the Acclimatisation tfooiety.
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NETTING LAKE ELLESMERE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3547, 19 May 1916