Story: Freshwater fishing

Stripping roe

Stripping roe

This female rainbow trout was running upstream to spawn at Tokaanu in 1983 and was caught in a fish trap. It was stripped of roe (eggs), which were used in a hatchery together with milt (sperm) from males caught in the trap to produce fingerling trout. For many decades trout hatcheries were an important part of freshwater fisheries management. Today, however, most populations of trout are self-sustaining and hatchery releases are only done in waterways that lack good spawning areas.

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Photograph by Bob Bedingfield

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Carl Walrond, 'Freshwater fishing - Management and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008