Re: Salmon Season 2014 – 2015


nz rivers have very limited spawning space, too many fish trying to spawn there does more damage than to little also our rivers don’t have enough food to feed large numbers of smolt as was proved in the 1990’s when 22,000 spawned in 94,95 season. 3 years later hardly any fish yet the large run of that season came from the lowest recorded run of 1992. last season about 2,000 salmon spawned on the mak, if half those were hen that is about 4,000,0000 eggs. the river wouldn’t be able to support a quarter that if they all survive. from 1960 until the mid 1990’s it is estimated that up to 80% of the salmon run came from glenariffe releases that also contributed to nearly losing the run for about 10years. however with the releases being done now and other work such as protecting and cleaning up spawning waters etc the numbers are getting up to what was around in the early 90’s. all the information on salmon runs here has been examined by experts in the states and they say what is happening here is giving a sustainable run of fish. currenty the stats show that between 40 and 55% of salmon are taken by anglers, a little higher in the mak, however spawning in the mak has for the last few seasons been better than the rakaia,