Cheap salmon popular

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 12:06 21/12/2012
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SUPPLIED/ Graeme Kennerley
FEEDING FENZY: Salmon farm worker Tiegan Wilson loads the fish into chilly bins at the weekend sale.

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Hundreds of people drove for hours to Lake Pukaki - and all to get some bargain-priced salmon at the weekend.

Mt Cook Alpine Salmon, which farms on the hydro canals, is moving hundreds of thousands of fish in preparation for Genesis' canal repair work over the summer.

General manager Janine Tulloch said it would be re-homing some of the fish in special rafts, and harvesting most of them, but there was a significant amount of "excess" stock.

By the time the Herald arrived early Saturday, she estimated it had sold more than 2000 medium-sized salmon at bargain prices.

"These salmon were of a decent size, most of them were only six months away from full maturity," Ms Tulloch said. "We could have exported them to the States, but we decided to let the community have them instead. By the end of the weekend, we had sold 10,000 salmon. Some people camped out by the Lake Pukaki visitors' centre overnight." Wanaka man Graeme Kennerley drove up in the morning after hearing about the offer on the radio.

"I thought it was a great offer, and it was a nice drive up. Everyone has been pretty nice today, there's been no-one pushing or getting in front," he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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