Giant fish screen installed to protect native species in Canterbury’s Rangitata

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    Allan Burgess
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    Giant fish screen installed to protect native species in Canterbury’s Rangitata River

    A giant fish screen has been installed on the side of Canterbury’s Rangitata River in an effort to protect hundreds of thousands of sport fish and native species.

    The $18 million technology will allow the nearby irrigation canal to take water from the river without taking its inhabitants.

    The Rangitata Diversion Race is known as the lifeblood of Mid Canterbury.

    CEO of Rangitata Diversion Race Management Ltd Tony McCormick told Newshub the Rangitata is used for a variety of things.

    “We divert part of the Rangitata River, bring it into a canal, and we distribute that water right across Mid Canterbury where we supply stock water, irrigation and hydro generation.”

    In the river, there is a mixture of fish including long-finned eels, upland bullies and salmon. It was estimated that about 200,000 juvenile salmon went into the scheme in the past 12 months.

    See the full story and video by Emma Turton, Newshub 28-4-2022

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