Reply To: Major whitebaiting changes mooted in effort to protect future fish stocks

Allan Burgess

Hauls lower than usual, some South Canterbury whitebaiters say


South Canterbury whitebaiters have cited a relative lack of rain as the reason behind what they say was a slow season in the region.

The season, which runs from August 15 to November 30, could be the last under present regulations, as the Department of Conservation (DOC) hopes to begin consultation soon on proposed solutions for ensuring the sustainability of the whitebait fishery.

While several whitebaiters who spoke to Stuff said the numbers were not as good as some years, South Canterbury woman Eve Akurangi has reported a good season catching up to 100 pound (about 45kg).

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