In the last few days, fishermen have observed and recovered dead mature trout in the Tukituki, below the Patangata Bridge.
The trout have a black fungus growing in their gills.
One such trout apparently has been sent to a lab for analysis. A potential source of the fungus is sewage.
Meanwhile, we wait and wait for CHB to submit its resource consent application for an alternative sewage disposal scheme. You know, the one that’s supposed to dispose of their effluent on land … before 2014. Yet even with the Regional Council poised with its approval stamp in mid-air (effectively, it will be approving its own plan), CHB has dawdled over filing its application.
I wonder which will arrive first … the toxicology report on the dead trout or CHB’s overdue Tukituki clean-up consent application!
Or October 9th … election day!
P.S. In addition, fishermen on the Tuki on Thursday report that the river is full of smelly algae, despite ample rains that might have been expected to flush the river.
P.P.S. Hey, Councillors McGregor and Gilbertson, you two are our protectors of the Tuki for that stretch of the river … what’s going on up there?