Peter Shutt

Favourable conditions for fishers


A ll of the rivers in North Canterbury and the central South Island were low clear and fishable when I checked mid-week.

Workers help spawning trout

peter shutt

At Scott's Creek the importance of developing good shingle to accommodate the large number of Lake Alexandrina spawning has meant much work in streambed preparation and weir construction to improve the flow and provide shelter for trout digging their redds in the freshly raked shingle.

Fish size is about water quality


When I read newspaper articles about native fish being found in streams or a volunteer conservation organisation endeavouring to save Long Fin eels (Timaru Herald March 25 and 26), my first thought went to the common denominator of both species - the water in which they spend most (but not all) of their time. Let me set the scene.

Bid to enhance fishery

rangitata salmon

OPINION: "Nothing happens unless someone makes it happen" - a truism that has seen considerable forethought go into a special release of 4200 fin clipped salmon fry about a kilometre off-shore at the Rangitata rivermouth.

Volunteers target lake briar


Last weekend saw the Lake Alexandrina Conservation Trust volunteers continue the briar spraying programme around much of Lake Alexandrina shoreline.

Flynn is the big winner

thomas flynn

The holiday photo competition winner was 11-year-old Thomas Flynn, of Timaru.

Keen team get busy on cleanup

lake mcgregor

An energetic team of 11 worked to eradicate or control briar regrowth, wilding pines, broom and thistles near the Lake Alexandrina Outlet hut settlement and along the Lake McGregor road edge.

Wild weather hampers anglers

tom howard

The pleasure of fishing comes from more than just the catch.

Fry release not over yet

ryan foster

A number of salmon fry releases have been accomplished so far this summer.

Let's hope youngsters take the bait

blair currie

Tomorrow is the Kid's Fishing Day at Kelland Pond, 4 kilometres south of Twizel. It is for families with children under 12 years of age. Registration is from 8.30am (on site), and fishing starts at 9am.

Update tabled at CSIFG AGM

algal blooms

It is the time of year when Fish and Game regions hold their annual general meeting.

Bioreactors punted as solution


Dr Lee Burbery, the senior groundwater scientist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR), recently addressed the OOP zone committee with regard to nitrate attenuation (denitrification), and specifically denitrification bioreactor technologies that can be applied to mitigate nitrate impacts in freshwater systems.

Scientist offers new take

lee burbery

OPINION: How many times have I written "first get the science"?

Need for community involvement

peter shutt

If you missed the opportunity to attend the South Canterbury Water Enhancement Group (SWEG) meeting last Monday night you missed a golden opportunity to hear progress from the three local zone committees.

Timely debate on water quality

peter shutt

OPINION: The public meeting of the South Canterbury Water Enhancement Group is timely.

Big effort by a little team

ron logan and dennis laplanche

More than 2000 carex plants were successfully planted last Sunday at Forest Creek Station by a small team comprising members of the Riparian Support Trust, Fish and Game and other volunteers.

Refusal to wear life jackets

peter shutt

I regret starting this column on such a negative note, but would you have preferred an obituary?

Early release for fry


OPINION: The Orari salmon fishery received a boost when McKinnon's hatchery volunteers released salmon fry into the Ohapi Stream.

Volunteers remove sapling alders

peter shutt

OPINION: With help from volunteers, Central South Island Fish and Game and Irishman Creek Station run-holder Justin Wills have cleared Maryburn Stream.

One fishing trip not enough

jenny hart, peter shutt

For Jenny Hart of Geraldine, five weeks in Alaska was not enough. She plans to return and enjoy more of the excellent salmon fishing she witnessed in July and take a closer look at the native plants and glacial formations.

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