Story: Trout and salmon

Atlantic salmon

Atlantic salmon

Huge efforts were made to acclimatise this species for fishing. The only successful habitat was in the Waiau River, which drains Lake Manapōuri. But it seems doubtful that the population there was ever seagoing. The species is considered to be close to extinction in New Zealand, with remnant wild stocks confined to lakes in the upper Waiau catchment in Southland. This fish was photographed at a hatchery in Wānaka in 1995.

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Carl Walrond, 'Trout and salmon - Other salmonids', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008