Lack of witnesses frustrates fish-dumping probe

18:22, Jan 07 2013
Richard Davidson
FOUL FISH: Richard Davidson was appalled to find fish dumped along the Opihi River.

Environment Canterbury has run into a dead end investigating the dumping of fish offal at the Opihi River last week.

The smell of rotting fish alerted summer Waipopo Huts resident Richard Davidson to two separate dumpings of about 100 kilograms of filleted and whole fish dumped near the river mouth.

He discovered the first lot on Sunday, about 1km inland from the river mouth.

The second was found on New Year's Day, nearby at the popular swimming and fishing spot known as Anderson's hole.

Groper, blue cod, red cod and even bags of bait had been dumped. He contacted Environment Canterbury (ECan).

An ECan spokesman said yesterday they had little information to go on.


"Because no-one saw it (the dumping), it is making it hard to investigate.

"We would really like to hear from anyone who saw anything," the spokesman said.

"At this stage it is just a cleanup operation."

The Timaru Herald