Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Whitebait season starts Friday

Whitebait season starts Friday


People preparing for whitebaiting opening day this Friday, 15th August, should be aware of regulations which allow fishing but act as a conservation measure to protect whitebait.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is responsible for administering the whitebait fishery and ensuring people observe the regulations.

DOC senior ranger for Coastal Otago, Pete Ravenscroft, said a huge effort had been put into enhancing and managing whitebait spawning sites, particularly along the Lower Clutha River/Mata-Au and the Taieri River and about 80km of rivers banks throughout Otago were now protected for whitebait.

“DOC, landowners, Contact Energy and Otago Regional Council have worked together to fence and plant spawning and adult whitebait habitat. When we hear about people flouting the rules, such as fishing at night, using oversized and unmanned nets and using more than one net, this is stealing the whitebait fishery from future generations,” Pete said.

He added that sports shops reported an increase in sales of whitebait nets last season, indicating increased pressure on the whitebait fishery.

DOC rangers in Otago plan to increase their surveillance of whitebaiters this season. They will be focussing on whitebaiting outside the permitted hours of 5am-8pm and 6am-9pm after daylight saving. Illegal fishers can be fined up to $5,000 so Pete urges whitebaiters to become familiar with the regulations.

DOC is controlling glyceria which is growing out of control on the banks of the Taieri River. DOC has also been working with Contact Energy to control the weed on the Lower Clutha River. This invasive weed smothers whitebait habitat and DOC is hoping landowners will get involved in helping with this work.

Whitebaiters are also asked to keep a diary of their catches and time spent on the river. DOC will use this information to determine whether the habitat enhancement work is increasing whitebait numbers. Contact your local DOC office to register if interested.

Pete said every third season seemed to be a good one and this season was likely to be average. He said the best location for opening day is anywhere the water is clear. The Lower Clutha River produces the most whitebait in Otago but Dunedin people like to whitebait in the Taieri, Waikouaiti, Kakanui and Shag Rivers.

The whitebait season runs until 30 November. Pamphlets outlining information on the regulations can be obtained from DOC offices and sports shops and on the DOC website (http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/activity-finder/fishing/).

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

ALSO:

Te Matatini: Minister Applauds National Kapa Haka Festival

Education Minister Hekia Parata wishes the best of luck to everyone involved in this week’s national kapa haka festival, Te Matatini, in Christchurch. “Te Matatini showcases the very best of Māori performing arts talent. It’s a celebration of identity, language and culture at the highest level and I’m looking forward to being amongst it,” says Ms Parata. More>>

ALSO:

Kiwi Pride: Accolades For Film About Man Who Falls In Love With A Stick

A short animated film written and directed by New Zealand born Matthew Darragh has been selected for the Courts des îles, International Festival of Short Fiction Films. More>>

ALSO:

Anniversaries: Vivid Memories Four Years After Christchurch Quake

Four years ago, an earthquake that would change the lives of thousands shook Christchurch at 12.51 p.m. More>>

ALSO:

Environment 'n' Conservation: Slash Meets Tāne The Tuatara

Rock and Roll superstar and former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash visited Zealandia Ecosanctuary along with collaborating band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. More>>

Canterbury Quakes: Feedback Sought On Short-Listed Memorial Designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input... The Memorial will honour the victims of Canterbury’s earthquakes and acknowledge the suffering of all those who lived through them as well as the heroism of those who participated in the rescue and recovery operations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news