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Helping out . . . Fish being salvaged from the Amuri Irrigation Scheme last week. PHOTOS: RICHARD COSGROVE, FISH AND GAME.

Over a thousand fish were recovered by Fish & Game from the Amuri Irrigation Scheme last week.

Each year Amuri Irrigation gets North Canterbury Fish & Game in to electric fish the irrigation canals.

This normally happens later in May after the season ends and they lower the flow to conduct maintenance work, but this year it was held early as parts of the scheme are being piped.

The work is a condition of Amuri Irrigation’s resource consent and is designed to help anglers by returning fish caught when the scheme is closed.

Starting at the intake on Leslie Hills Road, Fish & Game staff and about 10 volunteers worked their way down the scheme endeavouring to recover all the fish in the system.

Over three days 1023 fish were caught (including 50 native fish) and released back into the Waiau River.

The fish included some large salmon just behind the intake gates which were probably resting after recent high flows.

They were quickly on their way to the spawning grounds upstream after being released into the main stem of the Waiau River.