Vandals hit NZ hatchery – again

Hatchery International Staff
August 03, 2018
By Hatchery International Staff
Yet another 200 salmon had to be disposed of at a hatchery near New Zealand’s South-Island city of Dunedin after vandals broke in and shut down the same aeration equipment they had targeted in January.

According to information from the hatchery, salmon valued at $20,000 died in the new incident at Sawyer's Bay Hatchery.

The facility hit the headlines in January after intruders turned off aerators, forcing the non-profit trust to dispose of some $30,000 worth of salmon weighing between 6 and 9kgs.

Dunedin Community Salmon Trust chairman Steve Bennett was cited as saying 45 breeding males died in the latest break-in. The facility normally releases hundreds of thousands of salmon smolts into Dunedin's Leith River each year.

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