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In the News: 2006

Date News item Source
31 Dec 2006

Rocksnot spread leads to request for people to keep out of Pupu Springs

People are being asked to keep out of Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay following the discovery of the invasive algae didymo in Takaka River.

NZ Herald
30 Dec 2006

Cool weather stalls trout-fishing action

Spring's lingering hangover of patchy weather has slowed the trout-fishing action in many parts of the central North Island fishery, and the summer will probably be haunted by the damnable El Nino weather pattern, which brings more wind.

NZ Herald
30 Dec 2006

Didymo spread reaches Takaka

Didymo has been found in the Takaka River in the Nelson region. Two years after its discovery, the invasive alga has now been found in 28 South Island waterways

The Press
30 Dec 2006

Takaka didymo find 'a disaster'

The discovery of the highly invasive alga didymo in the Takaka River is an environmental disaster for Golden Bay, says the Department of Conservation.

Nelson Mail
30 Dec 2006

Didymo spreads to Nelson region river

The invasive algae didymo is now in the Takaka River in the Nelson region, Biosecurity New Zealand has revealed.

NZPA
29 Dec 2006

The invasive algae didymo has been found in the Takaka River in the Nelson region - the northernmost discovery of the pest known as rock snot in NZ waters

TVNZ
29 Dec 2006

Rivers missed in didymo surveys

Freshwater fisheries experts admit there is no guarantee the invasive alga didymo is not already established in Taranaki.

Taranaki Daily News
28 Dec 2006

Didymo cleaning stations

Cleaning stations will be set up in the Waitaki Valley to help prevent the spread of the invasive alga didymo.

The cleaning stations which will be at key entry and exit points to the Waitaki What a breath of fresh air two articles in last Saturday's paper provided. In both cases the lives of young people had been turned around, albeit by different means.iver system, will be in place for the summer holiday period.

Timaru Herakd
28 Dec 2006

Didymo plea over anglers' boots

The increasingly popular felt-soled wading boots used by anglers are helping spread the invasive algae didymo.

Nelson-Marlborough Fish and Game manager Neil Deans said research showed it was virtually impossible to decontaminate felt-soled waders or boots used by anglers.

Andy MacKay, of Christchurch store The Complete Angler, said a

a new foam-soled boot was offered as an alternative,

The Press
28 Dec 2006

Aussie finds nirvana on Mataura

It has taken a former naval hydrographer, and Australian to boot, to write one of the most comprehensive books on fishing the Mataura River. First time author Ian Pullar has published a 226-page guide to fishing and access ways on the mighty Mataura.

Southland Times
27 Dec 2006

Protect the high country says expert

Protect the high country or NZ’s crown jewels will be laid out for the picking– says international landscape expert

Scoop
23 Dec 2006

Book/DVD review

Destination Trout New Zealand
by Kent Fraser and Adam Clancey

...Destination Trout New Zealand is a gorgeous production that will grace any coffee table, whether flyfishing is your thing or not.
Although rightly billed as a New Zealand flyfishing guide, the writers have taken such care with the photography and general presentation, the book is a brilliant advertisement for the great New Zealand outdoors.

Reel Life
23 Dec 2006

Stopping the didymo threat

When we see professional fishing guides shun the Buller River because of the didymo infestation, and see what's happened to the Waitaki River, it should not be difficult for anyone to understand the crisis facing anglers today.

Timaru Herald
22 Dec 2006

Consents given for didymo trial

Scientists will trial a promising new compound in the battle against the invasive pest algae didymo early next year after gaining resource consents for two test sites in Southland.

The formulation devised by National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research scientists in Christchurch has proved effective against didymo, or rock snot, in laboratory tests.

NZ Herald
22 Dec 2006

Compound to control didymo to be tested

Enviroment Southland has given the green light to a trial in Southland next year of a compound that could control didymo...Environment Southland consents manager John Engel confirmed that consents had been granted for two sites in the Waiau catchment – a tributary of the Mararoa River and a tributary of the Waiau River, the main river immediately east of Fiordland National Park. Both were infected with didymo.

Southland Times
18 Dec 2006

Lake Taupo at high risk of erosion

Eight areas around Lake Taupo's foreshore are at high risk of erosion, according to a just released survey. A further 15 areas were identified as facing a moderate risk of erosion, the by Beca Infrastructure Ltd found.... The final erosion report – due for completion early next year – would include recommendations on measures that needed to be taken such as land use controls and/or work to deal with erosion issues...

NZPA
18 Dec 2006

Summer didymo awareness drive in Marlborough and Nelson

Rangers are out and about this summer spreading the word to Nelson and Marlborough river users about preventing the spread of the invasive alga didymo.

Department of Conservation
15 Dec 2006

Molesworth road to open on 28 December

The Acheron Road through Molesworth Station is due to open to the public later this month for more than 13 weeks, weather and road conditions permitting.

Department of Conservation
12 Dec 2006

  Wairau Power fight not over yet

A six-month hearing to decide whether TrustPower can build a new hydro electricity scheme on the Wairau River is set to end today, but the controversial proposal appears headed for the Environment Court.

  Power scheme 'would benefit region'

TrustPower says the hydro power scheme it has lined up in the Wairau Valley deserves to be granted resource consent, with the potential economic value it could add to the Marlborough region.

Marlborough Express
12 Dec 2006

  Murchison could get cheaper hydro power from Lake Matiri

Murchison could have cheaper power if a controversial river hydro scheme capable of supplying 3000 homes goes ahead on nearby Lake Matiri.

New Zealand Energy director David Inch told a fiery community meeting in the small rural town south of Nelson yesterday that the scheme would benefit the community.

The Press
9 Dec 2006

South Island waters unsafe for swimmers

New Zealand is failing to live up to its clean, green image, with many popular waterways so badly contaminated they are too dangerous for recreational use, experts say.

The Press
9 Dec 2006

What to do when a flash-flood strikes

Two floods have poured down the Tongariro in the past fortnight, the river rising quickly and stranding one visiting American angler and his car.

NZ Herald
9 Dec 2006

  Fish secrets to be revealed: earbones could help fisheries

Using chemical analysis of trout earbones to discover the life stories of fish could become the Clutha Fisheries Trust's latest management tool.

The Southland Times
8 Dec 2007

Taupo trout fishery mangers are endorsing calls for anglers not to wear felt soled wading boots this summer to reduce the risk of spreading didymo algae into the North Island.

Department of Conservation
7 Dec 2006

Freshwater anglers are advised to leave their felt sole boots behind this summer or risk spreading didymo throughout New Zealand’s top trout fisheries.

Fish & Game New Zealand
7 Dec 2006

The Lee Valley has been chosen as the preferred site for a $17 million dam which is expected to provide for up to 100 years' growth in the Tasman district.

Nelson Mail
7 Dec 2006

Tongariro Taupo conservation awards for 2006 announced

Taupo Fishery Area Manager, John Gibbs, presented an award to the Tongariro National Trout Centre Society. He applauded the aims of the society.

Department of Conservation
6 Dec 2006

Conservation Minister Chris Carter says a decision on a Bay of Plenty hydro project is coming soon and has hinted it will receive his approval. The Conservation Department has been considering the Upper Kaituna hydro project for more than a year.

NZ Herald
6 Dec 2006

A Tuhoe hapu are vowing to continue their blockade of a road and forestry land south of Whakatane, despite complaints of criminal behaviour and a warning they have until tomorrow to move...

In the hour the Herald was at the site, two cars were turned back, one with a fisherman who had just driven from Auckland. "I'm happy enough to hear their grievances but I need to know in advance if there's a protest," he said.

NZ Herald
5 Dec 2006

A Treasury policy paper argues it is both "possible and desirable" to increase user charges for recreational facilities in Conservation Department land. Charging the 4%of the population that use DOC huts and campsites would be fairer than taxpayers continuing to pick up the costs, it argues.

Nelson Mail
3 Dec 2006

An innocuous fishing trip among four buddies to Lake Jindayne in Australia unwittingly mutates into a racial hate crime.

Sunday Star Times
2 Dec 2006

The race is on to protect Fiordland National Park rivers from the invasive algae didymo after its discovery in the Hollyford River.

The rapid spread of the algae, commonly known as rock snot, has Fiordland tourist operators on edge as it advances into the remote, pristine wilderness.

The Press
2 Dec 2006

After a quarter of a century of being an advocate for fishing and hunting Peter Shutt is standing down from the Central South Island Fish and Game Council.

Timaru Herald
2 Dec 2006

Parengarenga Harbour is the"the jewel in the crown of New Zealand saltwater flyfishing" according to Craig Worthington in a new book, Fifty Places to Fish Before You Die, The best flyfishing destinations in Australia and New Zealand.

NZ Herald
November 2006

The consent hearing of TrustPower’s Wairau River Hydro proposal which seeks to divert up to 35 cubic metres of water per second from the Wairau is dragging on. The residual flow is flow is unlikely to be sufficient to meet the existing needs of the community, ecology and recreational users of the Wairau River.

Reel Life
(Fish & Game)
27 Nov 2006

The discovery of the didymo algae in the Makarora River has prompted a plea for open water users to follow recommendations to clean all equipment before they use it in another waterway.

Southland Times
25 Nov 2006

A taste of good salmon fishing has raised hopes this season may be better than the dismal ones of recent years. Eight anglers fished the Rangitata River mouth yesterday morning and found the presence of some big healthy fish encouraging.

Timaru Herald
24 Nov 2006

The rights of hunters and fishermen should be boosted, according to the National Party's new environmental policy which was detailed in Blenheim last night.

Marlborough Express
24 Nov 2006

Thousands of tonnes of invasive didymo choking the Lower Waitaki River could cause a boating tragedy, a Fish and Game officer fears.

The Press
22 Nov 2006

The Environment Minister has called for better management and allocation of water ...as ministry reports reveal about half of New Zealand's monitored lakes are under pressure from intensive land use... Fish & Game director Bryce Johnson said the agricultural sector needed to take far greater responsibility.

Nelson Mail
21 Nov 2006

Didymo has been found in Lake Wakatipu, indicating that the invasive algae is continuing to spread. Queenstown Lakes District harbourmaster Marty Black said didymo, also known as rock snot, was found last week on the eastern side of the lake near Pigeon Island, south of Glenorchy.

NZ Herald
21 Nov 2006

A 200m stretch of didymo has been found in Lake Wakatipu, indicating that the invasive algae is continuing to spread.

Southland Times
18 Nov 2006

A prominent Turangi fishing guide, John Baker, is seeking support to have the daily bag limit reduced from three fish to one on the famous trophy-trout lake, Otamangakau, south of Taupo.

NZ Herald
18 Nov 2006

If there is one thing anglers tell me they want more than anything else, it's salmon.

Timaru Herald
17 Nov 2006

A salmon hatchery reopened yesterday in a bid to revive the depleted Rangitata River fishery. Angler volunteers and Central South Island Fish and Game released 43,000 small fingerlings into the hatchery at McKinnons Stream.

Timaru Herald
13 Nov 2006

Biosecurity Minister Jim Anderton said tests for didymo in Fiordland were negative and people should not panic. More....

Southland Times
10 Nov 2006

The High Country fishing season opened last weekend with plenty of fish caught and anglers abiding by the rules... opening day was excellent. In the Waitaki and Mackenzie areas, anglers were rewarded with good numbers of fish... the Tekapo River was fishing very well. More...

Timaru Herald
9 Nov 2006

Biosecurity New Zealand was yesterday waiting on clarification after new DNA sampling technology returned positive tests for didymo in Fiordland.

Authorities are desperate to keep the snot-like algae out of the national park's pristine waters and were yesterday downplaying the result, which showed up in new technology being trialled to detect the pest through analysis of the DNA of water samples more...

Southland Times
9 Nov 2006

Didymo alert

Biosecurity New Zealand was yesterday waiting on clarification after new dna sampling technology returned positive tests for didymo in Fiordland.

Authorities were yesterday downplaying the result, which showed up in trials to detect the pest through dna analysis of water samples.

Biosecurity NZ said didymo algae had not been confirmed in Fiordland and sampling using traditional methods had come back negative.

Dominion Post
9 Nov 2006

An application by the Nelson Marlborough Fish & Game Council to widen the water conservation order on the Gowan River to include its outstanding trout fishery has attracted 56 submissions. Of the submissions, 37 supported Fish & Game's application, 18 opposed it and 1 was neutral.

Nelson Mail
4 Nov 2006

Hamish Stevens has joined Fish and Game Central South Island as the fisheries officer replacing Graham McClintock, who retired recently.

Timaru Herald
3 Nov 2006

Property developer Phillip Burmester is planning a $38 million alpine fishing vllage on the shores of Lake Coleridge in the South Island High Country but is likely to face opposition from holidaymakers. The spot at Ryton Bay has been a favourite with fishermen for decades.

Dominion Post
3 Nov 2006

The Nelson/Marlborough district in New Zealand’s South Island will once again host the annual One Fly event – a celebration of fly fishing from March 13th-17th 2007.

One Fly website
3 Nov 2006

Algae discovered in the Rangitikei River is not the notorious didymo. A sample tested by NIWA was found to be Gomphoneis, a native algae, common in the North Island.

Biosecurity New Zealand response manager David Hayes reiterated the importance of people reporting possible didymo sightings

Manawatu Standard
2 Nov 2006

A suspect algae sample, which it was feared could be the North Island's first confirmed case of didymo, has been cleared. MAF Biosecurity New Zealand said the sample from the Rangitikei River was not didymo.

NZ Herald
1 Nov 2006

Fish & Game New Zealand are calling for all anglers to make a submission in support of the Oreti Conservation Order Application. The Conservation Order will protect the Oreti River in perpetuity so that present and future generations can enjoy it for ever.

Reel Life
31 Oct 2006

The Green Party has called for the Rangitikei River in the North Island to be closed until scientists have established if it has been contaminated with the devastating algae didymo...

NZ Herald
31 Oct 2006

Biosecurity scientists are urgently analysing an algae found in the Rangitikei River to find out if it is the first North Island infestation of the invasive algae didymo....

Dominion Post
31 Oct 2006

Saturday 11 November 2006. 10.30am-12.30pm
Avon River, Owles Terrace, Christchurch,
downstream from the New Brighton Bridge (opposite Hardy St)
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Christchurch City Council
28 Oct 2006

Spin fishing is an ideal relaxation for men or women, and often, women are the more successful anglers.

Casting spin tackle is really as easy as falling off a log...

Timaru Herald
21 Oct 2006

For three weeks fishermen have been enjoying fantastic fishing as the Tongariro River has been running at its natural flow for the first time since 1965, due to a weed build up at the Lake Rotoaira intake pipe.

Genesis stopped power generation at the Tokaanu station for three weeks and plans to be back in full generation tomorrow. Genesis Energy normally closes the intake once or twice a year for recreational users but never before for so long.

The increased amount of water in the river brought large numbers of trout from the lake into the river to spawn.

Dominion Post
14 Oct 2006

Local knowledge is like gold for anglers, and one piece of knowledge in particular – bait. Old-time trout fisherman Bob Hastie shares his bait secret.

Taranaki Daily News
4 Oct 2006

The trout fishing season started on Sunday a time to remind fisherman and boat owners to stay vigilant, and to clean and check their boats and fishing gear ...to ensure that Rotorua district's lakes remained free of such pest fish species as koi carp and catfish.

Rororua Review
3 Oct 2006

Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton hopes to have a shared fisheries discussion document – already rejected by Cabinet twice – out for public consultation by the end of the month.

Dominion Post
2 Oct 2006

About 20 of the Inglewood Rod Gun and Recreation Club's 35 members went fishing on the first day of the trout season. yesterday, each catching the two-fish limit.

Taranaki Daily News
1 Oct 2006

Nerves are jangling in the fishing industry after repeated delays in the release of a major government policy on shared fisheries which is intended to ensure the management of New Zealand's fish stocks reconciles the interests of big fishing companies with those of amateur anglers. Recreational fishers want to ensure there are enough fish in inshore waters...

Taranaki Daily News
29 Sept 2006

In the greater Waikato region, water problems and shortages already exist .. water allocation challenges are real and here to stay. The degradation of water quality is already extremely evident in some streams.

Waikato Times
16 Sept 2006

Scientists are testing a promising new copper-based compound devised by NIWA, in the battle against the highly invasive algae didymo, or rock snot, that is clogging South Island waterways.

NZ Herald
15 Sept 2006

New Zealand scientists will test a world-first solution to stop didymo choking the country's waterways without killing fish or animal life.

The Press
15 Sept 2006

The impact of didymo on the survival of trout eggs will be investigated in a new pilot study by the Clutha Fisheries Trust.

Southland Times
11 Sept 2006

Kids' Fishout Days are held monthly at the Fish & Game trout hatchery underneath Mt Ngongotaha near Rotorua.

Visitors to the hatchery enjoy clear, trout-filled streams, a redwood forest, hatchery operations and a sheltered picnic area.

NZ Herald
9 Sept 2006

The easiest, quickest and cheapest way for an Aucklander to learn fly fishing is to join the Auckland Freshwater Anglers' Club.

NZ Herald
8 Sept 2006

People concerned with environmental and political impacts on New Zealand’s natural resources have the opportunity to be heard by standing for their regional Fish and Game Council. Voter enrolments close Friday 13th October.

Scoop
2 Sept 2006

Biosecurity New Zealand has now lifted the controlled-area status from the Waiau and Mararoa Rivers, arguing that personal responsibility by river users is the key to halting the spread.

The Press
01 Sept 2006

Scientists battling didymo hope they have found a treatment to kill the invasive freshwater algae.

Dominion Post
September 2006

TrustPower’s effort to capture publicly owned water for shareholder gain continues...and affected parties such as Fish & Game are now locked into a costly battle.

Reel Life
30 August 2006

Fish & Game has taken the radical step of closing six of mid Canterbury's iconic highcountry trout fishing streams this season in an effort to keep them free of didymo. The streams are:
- Deep Stream and Deep Creek in the upper Rangitata;
- the upper Rakiaia tributaries of Glenariffe Stream, Manuka Point Stream, Double Hill Flats Stream and Hydra Waters Stream

Ashburton Guardian
30 August 2006

Taupo turned on a mercurial weekend's weather for the 21st annual Kinloch Fishing Competition.

Taupo Times
29 August 2006

The salmon-fishing season will end a month earlier in central parts of the South Island for the next three seasons. Minister of Conservation Chris Carter has approved the 2006-07 season ending on March 31, instead of April 30.

NZ Herald
22 August 2006

All are welcome to attend a meeting at which Dr Barry Biggs, a scientist with NIWA who is at the forefront of world research into didymo and an expert on the Tongariro River will talk about finding a solution.

The meeting is on Wednesday 30th August at 7pm at the Tongariro Bridge Fishing Lodge, SH1, Turangi (by the bridge).

Sporting Life
11 August 2006

The Tongariro National Trout Centre is hosting another kids' fishing day on Sunday August 20. (For booking details see Children's Fishing Pond)

Taupo Times
11 August 2006

In a new book, New Zealand's Best Trout Flies, champion angler Peter Scott collates 30 of the country's fly-tyers, who each present six of their favourites... All 180 flies are pictured, with materials used and tying instructions....

NZ Herald
7 August 2006

Environmental and health groups are gearing up for a fight over a decision to allow Fonterra to dump wastewater into the Manawatu River for 15 years.

NZ Herald
18 July 2006

The future of Fish and Game Otago's Wanaka fish hatchery will be decided within the next two months.  Ther hatchery is mooted to have tourist appeal.

Southland Times
15 July 2006

An opinion piece that says the  "evidence ... suggests that, while not seen as a pest, trout have modified the environment in a very pest-like way."

Independent News Media
08 July 2006

Hydro-power schemes should be banned from rivers and new alternatives planned for electricity generation in the future, Fish and Game Otago manager Niall Watson said.

Southland Times
05 July 2006

An invasion of South Island anglers could lead to didymo destroying a large slice of the $80 million Taupo fishery, a lobby group says. The group wants more signs erected at Picton to warn southerners of the dangers of bringing didymo north.

Dominion Post

4 July 2006

Opponents of a structure designed to reduce pollution in Rotorua's Lake Rotoiti say it will lead to coastal pollution and diminish the mauri (life force) of a river and estuary. The Ohau Channel diversion was granted consent in November.

New Zealand Herald
1 July 2006

The Montrose salmon hatchery in Canterbury, which has enabled the release of salmon molts into the Rakaia River, is testament to the passion and enthusiasm of local anglers, says Ross Millichamp of Fish & Game.

The Press
28 June 2006

The unique protection given to New Zealand's sport fisheries is a major obstacle to irrigation development. The main barriers to affordable developing storages mostly stem from laws which give a high level of protection to the sports fishery – the imported species, trout and salmon.

The Press
19 June 2006

A survey shows trout numbers and size well ahead as Rotorua heads for record season with Lakes Rotoiti, Tarawera and Okataina all looking good.

Fairfax Community Newpapers
14 June 2006

Children inherit their taste for meat and fish but when it comes to vegetables and desserts it's more nurture than nature.

Reuters
12 June 2006

If TrustPower's plans to build a hydro-electric power scheme on the Wairau River goes ahead it will destroy one of New Zealand's most magnificent braided rivers.

Royal Forest And Bird Protection Society
10 June 2006

Canterbury's Hurunui River has yielded some once-in-a-lifetime fish in its day, but with plans to dam the south branch of the Hurunui, fisherman are asking for how much longer.

The Press
09 June 2006

South Canterbury now has a local oyster season.  The oysters grown off our coast are on sale with the Government allowing a small quota.

The Timaru Herald
7 June 2006

While the North Canterbury and the Central South Island Fish & Game Councils may recommend restricted access to salmon spawning waters after meetings this month, the Nelson Marlborough Fish & Game is unlikely to follow their lead.

Nelson Mail
6 June 2006

Anglers are concerned about a sudden release of water down Tongariro River that they say could have drowned someone.

NZ Herald
June 2006

Delegates at the Fish & Game National Conference agreed that   water quality is the most crucial issue facing New Zealand.

Reel Life
30 May 2006

The invasive alga didymo has been found in the Gowan River in the Buller catchment and four more South Island rivers.  Biosecurity New Zealand confirmed on Monday that didymo, also known as rock snot, had been found in the Twizel and Ohau rivers in the Waitaki catchment, the Gowan, the Fraser in the Clutha catchment and the Upukerora in the Te Anau catchment.

Nelson Mail
29 May 2006

Fish & Game New Zealand says it has asked the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Morgan Williams, to investigate the extent to which farm irrigation may spread the invasive rocksnot algae in the South Island.

NZPA
27 May 2006

Despite water quality and clarity having deteriorated dramatically in the last 20 or so years, Hamilton's shallow 54ha lake, Lake Rotoroa, is home to nine fish species.

Waikato Times
26 May 2006

Fish and Game officials in the central North Island are taking a "safe sex" approach to a campaign to combat the invasive didymo river weed. A planned Central North Island campaign proposes providing anglers with cleaning packs containing a solution to clean up their gear.

Rotorua Reivew
26 May 2006

The past week has been a fairly tough one for fly fishers, with all rivers during the early part of the week low and clear. The river to perform best was Waitahunui, but even this one provided anglers with a challenge.

Taupo Times
19 May 2006

Ngai Tahu has secured $58 million worth of its fisheries allocation after the Maori Fisheries Trust yesterday recognised it as a mandated iwi organisation (MIO).

The Press
19 May 2006

Tainui hooked their fisheries allocation yesterday with $26 million worth of quota, income shares and cash handed back to the iwi from Te Ohu Kaimoana.

Waikato Times
19 May 2006

Central North Island fishermen are urging Government action to keep the invasive algae didymo out.

Heather Macdonald, president of Advocates for the Tongariro River, said didymo could ruin the Tongariro trout fishery, one of the world's finest. and they want Biosecurity New Zealand to take stronger action to keep didymo out of the North Island.

Dominion Post
6 May 2006

Winter spawning is slowly beginning in the trout streams and rivers of Lakes Taupo and Rotorua.

NZ Herald
21 April 2006

Raised in tanks then released into the `wilds' of the Okeover Stream, a band of Canterbury mudfish seem to have gone to ground. Only a few of the endangered Canterbury mudfish released last year in a specially engineered stretch of the Okeover Stream in Christchurch have been seen since.

The Press
15 April 06

Fish and Game has challenged the proponents of the Hunter Hills irrigation scheme to do the right thing for the environment.

Timaru Herald
7 April 2006

The continuing acoustic transmitter study of the travel of trout around Lake Taupo has blown away the widely held belief that there is a stock of fish well down in the 190m-deep lake.

Tracking shows that fish spend the majority of their time in the top two to five metres of the lake and rarely go below 20m, and so are available to anglers year-round.

New Zealand Herald
3 April 2006

The invasive algae didymo, confirmed in yet another southern river last week, could cost the lower South Island as much as $54 million by 2012, says a report commissioned for Biosecurity New Zealand. All up, Didymoshenia geminata could cost New Zealand up to $285 million.

New Zealand Herald
29 March 2006

The spread of didymo in the Waitaki River has been enough to reduce one angler nearly to tears. The invasive weed didymo, or rock snot, was confirmed in the Waitaki River two months ago and the river is now carpeted in it.

New Zealand Herald
10 March 2006

The amateur fishers representation group, option4, is seeking a mandate from all recreational anglers as it prepares to do battle with the Government over the allocation of fish catch between industry and the public.

New Zealand Herald
8 March 2006

Visiting expert Max Bothwell, a research scientist with Environment Canada, says he is impressed by the Government's "rapid response" to the didymo outbreak.

Sunday Star Times
12 Feb 2006

The 2008 world fly fishing championship has been awarded to New Zealand, and will take place in Rotorua in late March 2008.

Press Release
February 2006

Last month’s find of didymo in the Waitaki River is a setback in the fight against the invasive alga, but again highlights the need for personal responsibility.

Reel Life
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