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Whitebaiters warned of contaminated rivers
NZPA | Tuesday, 14 September 2010
POLLUTED: Waimakariri River.
— Photo: Pam Johnson.
CHRISTCHURCH whitebaiters are being warned not to set nets along the Waimakariri or Kaiapoi rivers, into which raw sewage has been discharged since the earthquake.
Waimakariri District Council civil defence controller Nick Harrison said he was concerned people did not appreciate the potential risks in continuing to use the rivers, for whitebaiting in particular.
"We know some 'baiters are still casting nets into contaminated waterways in the district despite health warnings. Clearly this is unwise when untreated sewage is being spilled into waterways," he said.
The council had to start discharging sewage into the rivers after a major system failure resulting from the earthquake that rocked the area on September 04.
The Canterbury District Health Board is also warning people not to collect water, fish or shellfish and to avoid physical contact with affected waterways.
The whitebaiting season began 20 days before the earthquake and finishes on November 30.
Authorities warn whitebaiters
By CULLEN SMITH - The Canterbury Star | Tuesday, 14 September 2010
AUTHORITIES are warning whitebaiters to avoid setting nets along the Waimakariri or Kaiapoi rivers in the wake of the earthquake.
The Waimakariri District Council is having to discharge sewage directly into the Kaiapoi River after a major failure of the system and the Waimakariri River is also contaminated.
Civil Defence controller Nick Harrison is concerned some people don't seem to appreciate the potential risks in continuing to use the rivers, either for fishing, kayaking and in particular whitebaiting.
"We know some 'baiters are still casting nets into contaminated waterways in the district despite health warnings," he said. "Clearly this is unwise when untreated sewage is being spilled into waterways."
The delicacy is only available fresh for three months a year.
Police dealing with unruly whitebaiters
By CULLEN SMITH - The Canterbury Star | Wednesday, 15 September 2010
WHITEBAITERS who persist in ignoring warnings to stay away from Christchurch rivers are being dealt with by the police because whitebait caught in local waterways has been deemed unsafe to eat.
Rivers remain contaminated with sewage and wastewater overflows following the earthquake and the Medical Officer of Health has issued warnings that it is unsafe to gather fish or shellfish, including whitebait.
Anyone who sees people whitebaiting in the Avon, Heathcote, Halswell and Styx rivers, the estuary, and the tidal reaches of the Kaiapoi River should notify the police.
The public are advised to avoid contact with any river water and sea water in these areas, due to their likely contamination, as a result of the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.
Avon whitebaiters ignore pollution warnings
By ANNABELLE JACKMAN - 3 News | Wednesday, 15 September 2010
LIVING DANGEROUSLY: Whitebaiting in the Avon River.
WHITEBAITERS are ignoring warning signs and taking whitebait from the polluted waters of the Avon River.
Last week's earthquake sent raw sewage spilling into the Avon, and health authorities are warning it will be weeks before it and other rivers in the region are safe.
Darryl Chamberlain is not going to let the earthquake stop him whitebaiting in the Avon.
He says there's nothing wrong with the whitebait he's catching and eating.
"I had some out of here last night, I'm fine, I'm not dead," he says. "You only live once."
The police have told him to pack up and go home three times today — he's ignored them and the warning signs that have gone up along all of Christchurch's rivers.
He's not the only whitebaiter who knows more than the authorities.
Canterbury's chief medical officer of health says its a huge health risk and nobody, not even in boats, should go near the water.
"There's all sorts of gastro you can get, and you can actually get some much more serious illnesses, hepatitis for one, from faecal contamination," says Dr Alistair Humphrey.
Mr Humphrey says it'll be weeks before Christchurch's rivers are safe again.