Rangitata Salmon Farm Hatchery Visit
On Thursday the 4th of May 2017 Stanmore Road and West will be visiting the McKinnon’s Creek Hatchery near the mouth of the Rangitata River north of Timaru. This will be an interesting day trip. We will hopefully be able to see the salmon being milked for their eggs as well as seeing the year old hatchlings before they are released.
The hatchery plans to release around 80,000 hatchlings this year. The salmon released will head to sea for two years to feed before returning to where they were born. Only a tiny percentage will be expected to return as adult salmon. Last year only 120 adults returned but in a good year up to 900 fish may return.
Our thanks go to George W for making us aware of the opportunity to see this hatchery.
Check the Stanmore Road and West programmes for details.