Story: Acclimatisation

Hunted shags

Hunted shags

Taranaki photographer Robert Wells (right) and another man pose with black shags shot at Lake Rotoehu around 1940. For many decades acclimatisation societies and fishermen believed that trout populations were severely affected by predators such as shags, which they considered ‘vermin’. Societies paid bounties for dead birds and conducted raids on rookeries during the breeding season.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Robert E. Wells Collection (PAColl-0001)
Reference: 1/4-091512; F
Photograph by Zeila Aroha Gillman Wells

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Carl Walrond, 'Acclimatisation - Changing roles of societies, 1890–1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008