81,000 salmon released in river

RELEASED: The Waimakariri River is swimming with salmon after more than 81,000 were released today.
RELEASED: The Waimakariri River is swimming with salmon after more than 81,000 were released today.
RELEASED: The salmon only have a 1 per cent return rate.
RELEASED: The salmon only have a 1 per cent return rate.
RELEASED: Salmon were released near the mouth of the Waimakariri.
RELEASED: Salmon were released near the mouth of the Waimakariri.
RELEASED: Some of the three-month-old chinook salmon.
RELEASED: Some of the three-month-old chinook salmon.
RELEASED: Salmon in the Waimakariri River.
RELEASED: Salmon in the Waimakariri River.
RELEASED: More than 81,000 salmon make a splash.
RELEASED: More than 81,000 salmon make a splash.
RELEASED: Some of the three-month-old chinook salmon was grown in a Fish & Game hatchery.
RELEASED: Some of the three-month-old chinook salmon was grown in a Fish & Game hatchery.
RELEASED: Each salmon weighed 25 grams on average.
RELEASED: Each salmon weighed 25 grams on average.

The Waimakariri River is swimming with salmon after more than 81,000 were released into it today.

Fish & Game hatchery manager Dirk Barr said some of the three-month-old chinook salmon had been grown in the hatchery, with the remainder donated by the Aoraki Salmon Hatchery.

He said the salmon, which on average weighed 25 grams, were released near the mouth of the Waimakariri in the hope they would head to the ocean and return to breed when they reached maturity in a few years.

Barr said there was only about a 1 per cent return rate as the ocean was a ''pretty wild environment''.

''That's the nature of the game,'' he said.

The Press