First in, first served on spare salmon

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 07/12/2012
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GET IN QUICK: Canal repair work means Mt Cook Salmon are selling below market value.

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Fill up your chilly bins: Mt Cook Alpine Salmon will be holding a fire-sale on fish next weekend.

The company, which farms on the hydro canals, is moving hundreds of thousands of fish in preparation for Genesis's canal repair work over the summer.

Chief executive Geoff Matthews said it would export the larger salmon, but its processing plants were at full capacity.

"This means there's going to be some excess, so we've decided to give the community a chance.

"These will be decent size salmon - about 500g or so - harvested on site, and then taken by truck to our visitors' centre and be ready for your chilly bin.

"All you will need to do is gut them," he said.

The sale would take place at the company's new retail store at the Lake Pukaki visitors centre.

Mr Matthews said prices would also be well below market value. The sale will take place on December 15 and 16.

"We should be doing enough to go around over that weekend. But I wouldn't wait until the end of the day," he said. "It's first in, first-served."

Genesis would lower Lake Tekapo to its minimum operating level for remedial work before its planned shutdown of the canal from January to April.

Mr Matthews said to accommodate that, the company was building rafts to store some fish near the Lake Ruataniwha canals.

"It's something we were warned about, and we had to prepare for it," he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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