Eastern Fish & Game officers have seen a rise in the number of poaching incidents – caught on hidden, camouflaged cameras, being stationed at ‘hot spots’ on some key spawning streams.
Fish & Game officer Anthony van Dorp says they’re investigating a string of incidents, but he is declining to give the details for “operational” reasons.
“What I can say is we’ve captured some excellent images and are now working with Police to identify the offenders – and we want to enlist the public to help stamp out the potential threat to the local economy.”
Anthony says Rotorua’s world-renowned trout fisheries are always more sensitive during spawning season, which is now well underway. But the taking of spawning-trout can have a serious impact on future trout numbers. And poachers can trample on spawning beds, destroying eggs already laid in the stream, and seriously impacting future trout stocks from wild spawning.
“Our message to poachers is that you might think you’ve got away with it – but you never know when that knock on the door is going to come,” says Anthony.
“That trout you poached just isn’t worth the repercussions you’ll face if you’re prosecuted – it could be the most horrendously expensive trout of your life.” More....