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A fishy mess in the Taylor River was an unpleasant clean-up job for Council ranger Murray Morgan early this month; the remains of dozens of fish had been dumped in the Taylor River near Wither Road.
The remains of three dozen butterfish and some moki, cod and terakihi – a few of them under-sized – plus 20 paua shells all had to be cleared out of the water.
Mr Morgan says it may have been straight out rubbish dumping or possibly someone using the fish frames as eel bait. A dog walker had discovered the rubbish and reported it, enabling it to be cleaned up promptly.
MAF says another load of paua shells was found a fortnight before at the Taylor Dam, some of them under legal size.
Report any suspicious activity at our riverbeds, including car number plates, to our Council Ranger on 021 342 071 or phone the Council on 03 520 740 (24 hour service).