Compliance issues with fish screens a concern, report finds

Posted 24/10/2018

Stuff NZ website

Fish populations will be compromised if screens designed to protect them continue to be non-compliant, an Environment Canterbury (ECan) report says.

The report shows the majority of fish screens installed in irrigation schemes throughout Canterbury could be non-compliant which can lead to fish being harmed either on the screens themselves, by getting into irrigation intakes or not being able to return to the river.

Released to Stuff under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act, the report reveals that a pilot programme undertaken throughout Canterbury in winter found 83 per cent of monitored fish screens received a "C" grade, meaning there were some compliance issues that needed to be fixed.

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