Tagged: Whitebait

Part 5: Water runs downhill - The Nature of Things

Marie Brown Feb 26, 2016

New Zealand’s freshwater bodies are as revered as they are imperiled. Despite decades of law devoted to protecting freshwater ecosystems and safeguarding water quality in some way or other, the decline in freshwater biodiversity is startling. Lakes, wetlands, estuaries, streams and rivers are home to a pretty incredible array of wildlife that is in deep trouble. While some effort … Read More

There’s more to whitebaiting than catching fish - Waiology

Waiology Sep 02, 2013

By Julia Bradshaw George Wood canned whitebait at Hokitika from 1893 until at least the 1920s. (Photo: Hokitika Museum, #4578)Unlike the rest of New Zealand, on the West Coast the season for catching whitebait starts on 1 September and the build-up has been noticeable during the last week. Distinctive huts have appeared along the sides of rivers, motor-homes … Read More

Conservation and management of New Zealand whitebait species - Waiology

Waiology Aug 29, 2013

By Jane Goodman A bucketful of Giant kokopu (Photo: Emily Funnell).New Zealand’s whitebait fishery consists of the young of five migratory galaxiid species – inanga (Galaxias maculatus), koaro (Galaxias brevipinnis), banded kokopu (Galaxias fasciatus), giant kokopu (Galaxias argenteus) and shortjaw kokopu (Galaxias postvectis). Smelt (Retropinna retropinna) are also present in catches from some rivers along with the young … Read More