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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84

Opoho Grounds

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Opoho Grounds.

At our last Annual Meeting we reported the purchase of nearly five acres of ground on Opoho Creek, and the building of a house there for our Manager. Since then the hatching-house and ponds have been constructed, and the place put in a very efficient state by Mr. Deans. He has made it altogether a very charming place, and those of our friends who have not yet visited the grounds would find an hour or two well spent in going over them.

The unusually dry season we have had has taxed our water supply here to the utmost, especially as we had a much greater number of fry of various kinds in our boxes and ponds than ever before, and it is only due to the constant care of Mr. Deans that we did not lose a large number of our young fish. But in future we do not anticipate anything like the anxiety we have had this season. There is plenty of water for hatching purposes at Opoho, and our new grounds at Waiwera will, when completed, give us ample accomodation and water supply for very extensive operations in the way both of hatching and rearing.