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Call to protect trout near NZ salmon farms

NEW ZEALAND - Trout near salmon farms need protection, according to High Country Salmon's Richard Logan.

He is concerned there aren't enough trout to eat all the excess food. Mr Logan said food converted to fish faeces was less damaging on the environment as virtually all the nutrients were used.

Last year he asked the Central South Island Fish and Game Council to consider a 300m no-fish zone around the fish farm.

This was not picked up. Central South Island Fish and Game officer Mark Webb said the salmon farms had created an excellent, accessible fishing resource.

"He wants the trout, which belong to everyone, to be in a sanctuary around his farm, so that pollution doesn't annoy anyone."

Mr Logan said water quality around his farm, was good, meeting resource consent standards. However it was a responsibility to improve it and keep it as pure as possible because there was a cumulative effect as other people used the water on its way to the sea.

He said the giant fish were proof there are not enough trout around the salmon farms.

Source: Timaru Herald

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