Symposium Agenda

Saturday 11 November at the Hotel Ashburton starting at 9am


Introduction - Symposium chairs Matthew Hall and Trevor Isitt

Welcome - Fish & Game NZ chief executive Martin Taylor

Overview of present salmon fishery – Fish & Game Officer Mark Webb

Reports on salmon fishery in Nelson/Marlborough, West Coast, Otago and Southland

Morning Tea

North American experiences and New Zealand recommendations - Key note presentation by visiting North American expert Dave Willis

Conservation Minister – The Hon. Eugenie Sage

Spawning habitat – Fish & Game Officers Steve Terry and Hamish Stevens


What happens to juvenile salmon? – Cawthron Institute scientist Rasmus Gabrielsson

Salmon hatchery operations - Fish & Game Hatchery Manager Dirk Barr and McKinnon Salmon Trust chairman Phil de Joux

Panel discussion – symposium delegates question presenters

Afternoon Tea

Marine influences – North American salmon expert Tom Quinn talks about NZ salmon survival factors and genetics

What’s happening at sea – Tony Threadwell

Angler impact and regulations - Fish & Game Officer Mark Webb

When adult salmon return – Cawthron Institute scientist Rasmus Gabrielsson


Sunday 11 November


State of the freshwater environment – Freshwater scientist Mike Joy

Remedies, RMA and results – Fish & Game Environmental Advisor Scott Pearson and Fish and Game Officer Tony Hawker

Morning Tea


  1. Spawning streams and freshwater production
  2. Ocean environment
  3. Role of Fish & Game, salmon management plan, season and angler harvest
  4. Resource Management Act and consenting issues, fish screens, water quantity, quality and allocation


Workshop Reports – each workshop will report back on discussions and recommendation

Panel Discussion – salmon experts respond to workshop results and recommend action

Conclusion – Outgoing Fish & Game NZ chief executive Bryce Johnson wraps up the symposium