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WELLINGTON, September 28. The conference of delegates from the acclimatisation societies throughout the colony opened this afternoon, thirteen delegates being present.

September 29. The conference resumed this morning. Mr A. J. Rutherford (Wellington), was elected chairman.

On the motion of Mr Shury (Ashburton) it was decided that the opening and closing of the fishing season be fixed by statute, but that power be given to any society to close or restrict fishing in any particular river inside their particular, district within the statutory date. . It was also decided that the opening date should bo the Ist October, and the closing date the 30th April. A long discussion took place as to the cost of licenses, and it was eventually resolved that the fee be fixed at £l, the license to be available throughout the colony, each society to make its own regulations as to licenses, charging such fees, and fixing such terms as may be determined upon. A sub-committee, was appointed to go through the fishing regulations and bring up a report. .

A motion was carried affirming the desirableness of restricting the age at.which boys are to be allowed to carry firearms to sixteen years,- excepting for the purposes of drill. It was also decided that a gun license be imposed in every district from which a petition is sent to the Colonial Secretary by settlers, due time being allowed for counter pstitions to be forwarded.

The question of the pollution of streams was referred to a sub-committee to consider. The opinion of several delegates was that something should be done to prevent the poisoning of streams by the release of refuse of various kinds.

A letter was received from the Undersecretary stating that fines imposed for breaches of the Fisheries Act could not be handed over to acclimatisation societies, A committee was set up to consider the question and approach the Government on the matter.

The question of riparian rights was also referred to a committee.

Mr Brown gave notice to move concerning the advisableness of approaching the Government in the matter of establishing a marine hatchery on a small estuary tea miles from Dunedin for the purpose of an attempt to stock our seas with the species of food fish found on the coasts of Europe. He said that the Otago Acclimatisation Society were willing to give £250 and the Otago Institute another- £250 towards the work, and they desired the Government to subsidise the undertaking with a similar amount.' The .Conference then adjourned till tomorrow.

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ACCLIMATISATION MATTERS., Issue 10432, 29 September 1897

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ACCLIMATISATION MATTERS. Issue 10432, 29 September 1897

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