Salmon samples needed from Lake Wanaka

Pictured: Cawthron Institute’s Rasmus Gabrielsson with a landlocked salmon.|Photo: Fish & Game Council

Otago Fish & Game Council (F&G) have put a call out to anglers fishing for salmon in Lake Wanaka this summer.
F&G is trying to collect at least 20 salmon samples to support its study to investigate the differences in Chinook salmon populations. F&G field officer Paul van Klink said DNA samples have been plentiful from salmon caught in Lake Wakatipu and Lake Hawea.

“We have heard of the odd salmon being caught in Lake Wanaka and anglers are asked to contact us if they catch a salmon so that we can ensure a skin sample is collected.”
F&G requires information on the fish’s length, weight, date and the location it was caught.
Anyone wishing to help can email or call Fish & Game to arrange pick-up of the fresh or frozen fish head or it can be dropped off at the field office at 2 Ree Crescent, Cromwell.



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