Story: Water quality

Salmon fishing (1st of 2)

Salmon fishing

Salmon fishermen line up at the mouth of the Waimakariri River, Canterbury. Fishing for quinnat salmon (also called chinook or king salmon), which were introduced from Canada, is popular on the east coast of the South Island. The high-quality water in the rivers has allowed salmon to become established.

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Mike Scarsbrook and Kit Rutherford, 'Water quality - Water quality in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Mike Scarsbrook and Kit Rutherford, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 18 Jul 2016