Sponsored by New Zealand Historic Places Trust
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Dunedin, OTA 9010
This event will investigate the Otago Acclimatisation Society Opoho Fish Ponds 1868-1885 which were built by Mr Clifford in the bush alongside Opoho Creek, Dunedin. The ponds were the first in New Zealand to successfully hatch and rear brown trout with other game fish species successfully hatched being Salmo umbla (the charr), the English salmon (Salmo salar), Sea trout (S. trutta), Californian salmon (Salmo quinnat, or Oncorhynchus quinnat) & whitefish (Coregonus albus) Salmo umbla (the charr), the English salmon (Salmo salar), Sea trout (S. trutta), Californian salmon (Salmo quinnat, or Oncorhynchus quinnat) & whitefish (Coregonus albus). As New Zealand had no indigenous fresh water 'game' fish species, these ponds represent the commencement of frsh water game fishing in the country. The ponds were re-discovered in 2011 and initially investigated through the clearance of bush from the ponds strucutres. This event will complete the revealing of these 19th century structures as part of a larger proejct to manage the site for visotors along a trail throught the native bush of Opoho Creek.
Dr Matthew Schmidt