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Hunt for salmon farm vandals continues

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/05/2017

Police are still hunting for the vandals who cut a net at a South Island salmon farm, releasing about 6000 fish into the wild.

The fish from High Country Salmon on the Twizel-Omarama Road are thought to be worth about $20,000, being not yet fully grown, Sergeant Tony Woodbridge says.

He says the net on the farm appears to have been cut between 6pm on Friday and 7am on Saturday.

The cost to High Country Salmon from the loss of the young fish is about $150,000, RNZ reports.

Manager John Jamieson told the media outlet he was shocked.

"It's not something I've seen before in my years of salmon farming. It's not something I hope to see again," he said.

He said the farm would now have to consider tightening security.

"It's a shame because we've always been very proud of our farm and we think it's such a shame to put a gate up and have all those deterrents when we live in such an honest, nice, small community," he said.

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