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Public calls for changes to ensure a sustainable whitebait fishery

Changes are needed to make New Zealand’s whitebait fishery sustainable, according to 90% of respondents to a DOC survey.

The survey to find out people’s views on whitebait was completed by 2,870 respondents. DOC also held 12 public drop-in sessions around the country, attended by approximately 400 people, with around 100 people attending the Invercargill session alone.

DOC will now prepare a discussion document with proposals to improve whitebait management for the Minister of Conservation and Government to consider.

The discussion document is planned for release later this year and will be followed by public consultation.

See Improving whitebait management for a summary of feedback from public engagement and information on the consultation process.