Trout farm proposal threatens $1 billion trout sport fisheries, anglers say

Frozen Trout
New Zealand
Published Sep 10, 2020

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Fishermen are annoyed that a Parliamentary select committee has recommended the Government give “serious consideration to commercialising trout farming”.

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The Federation of Freshwater Anglers say trout farming could threaten sports fishery and the environment. Last month the Primary Production Select Committee considered a petition by Clive Barker to allow commercial trout farming, which is banned under the Conservation Act and Fisheries Act. The committee report says it is also illegal to sell wild-caught trout, while imports are restricted. The petition was first presented to the House in May 2018. Barker argued that the legalisation of commercial trout farming would provide employment in rural areas, provide a secure food source and relieve pressure on depleting fish stocks. He told the committee that the ban was not justified by science or his experience farming salmon. But ecologist and Federation of Freshwater Anglers secretary, Rex Gibson, said Barker’s salmon farming venture had “failed decades ago”. Barker farmed salmon by ocean ranching at Pupu Springs in Golden Bay but the venture failed, Gibson said. Ocean ranching is a ...
Source: Stuff NZ
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