Date: 08 August 2012
The Tongariro River has not been greatly affected by the recent eruption of upper Te Maari Carter on Monday night. After the eruption there was a light westerly wind that took the majority of ash towards Napier.
A small amount of ash was detected at the Waipa Stream fish trap by fishery rangers. A report from a local angler out fishing on Tuesday said there was a slight sulphurous smell and a slight discolouration with a lot of floating pumice.
Dr Harry Keys, DOC scientist advises that the slight discolouration was due to the minor ash fall and that the amount of floating pumice would not be related to the eruption.
The Department of Conservation will be keeping a keen eye on the river conditions over the coming days to assess the impacts.
There appears to be no obvious effect on the aquatic life, so it’s fishing as normal for anglers on the Tongariro River.
Trout caught in Tongariro River the day after the eruption of Mt Tongariro
Programme Manager Community Relations
Department of Conservation
Taupō-nui-ā-tia Area Office
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