Intruders kill more than 13,000 salmon at New Zealand farm

Published on
December 6, 2016

Some 13,000 fish have died at New Zealand-based salmon farm Paringa Salmon Farm Café, after intruders on the premises tampered with machinery regulating the farm’s water supply.

Police are investigating the incident, which occurred overnight on 3 December. According to authorities, offenders allegedly shut off the water supply to the salmon rearing tanks located onsite, causing the fish to suffocate, reported the New Zealand Herald. The local police station’s senior constable Paul Gurney has projected that the incident has cost Paringa thousands of dollars in losses.

A vehicle, parked further up the state highway from the salmon farm, was also tampered with, police found. Authorities are asking for assistance from possible witnesses or anyone with pertinent information.

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