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Vandals hit NZ hatchery – again

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.


August 3, 2018
By Hatchery International Staff
Yet another 200 salmon had to be disposed of

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.