Whitebait are an important part of Kiwi culture. They are taonga to iwi and fishing for whitebait is an important tradition for many New Zealanders. But changes are needed to conserve whitebait species and ensure the future of whitebait fishing.
Four of the six whitebait species are classified as 'at risk' or 'threatened'. From 2018, we have been working with New Zealanders on how to ensure healthy and restored whitebait populations and provide for a sustainable fishery.
The discussion document details proposed management changes for whitebait. It proposes:
- a management goal for the six species fished as whitebait
- management outcomes for the whitebait fishery
- amendments to the whitebait fishing regulations
- to phase out export of the whitebait species.
Now we want to know what you think:
Have your say
For this consultation, you can submit your feedback in writing using one of the methods below. DOC will also hold discussion sessions that will answer questions to help you prepare their feedback.
You can submit just on topics important to you, or on the full range of proposals. You can also tell us if you think we should consider other options or additional information to improve whitebait management.
Feedback in writing
You can provide your feedback by completing the online survey.
You can also write your own submission for email or post. Include your name, contact (email preferred), organisation if appropriate, and if the submission, or part of the submission, is an organisation's view.
Online: Fill in our survey
Whitebait Management Consultation
Department of Conservation
P. O. Box 10420
Attend a discussion session
To help you prepare your submission, you can ask questions about the proposals in the discussion document at our public discussion sessions. These sessions will take place around New Zealand in January and February 2020.
|Timaru||Washdyke Community Squash Lounge||27 January||12.30 - 2.30 pm|
|New Plymouth||New Plymouth Club||29 January||2-4 pm|
|Christchurch||Distinction Hotel Christchurch||29 January||10 am - 12 pm|
|Westport||NBS Theatre||29 January||12.30 - 2.30 pm|
|Kaitaia||Te Ahu Kaitaia||30 January||2-4 pm|
|Invercargill||Corinthian Convention Centre||30 January||10.30 am - 12.30 pm|
|Hokitika||Hokitika RSA||30 January||1.30 - 3.30 pm|
|Fox Glacier||Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier||3 February||2-4 pm|
|Whangārei||Whangarei Public Library, May Bain Room||4 February||10 am - 12 pm|
|Tuakau||Madill Community House||4 February||1.30 - 3.30 pm|
|Whanganui||Peter Snell Function Room, Cooks Gardens||4 February||10 am - 12 pm|
|Blenheim||Marlborough Convention Centre||4 February||1.30 - 3.30 pm|
|Haast||Heartland Hotel Haast||4 February||1-3 pm|
|Napier||Napier Conference Centre||5 February||2-4 pm|
|Wellington||Terrace Conference Centre||5 February||9-11 am|
|Nelson||Old St Johns Hall||5 February||11.30 am - 1.30 pm|
|Dunedin||Otago Museum, Kakapo room||5 February||2-4 pm|
|Auckland||Grand Mercure Hotel||10 February||10 am -12 pm|
|Masterton||Sport Wairarapa House||10 February||1.30 - 3.30 pm|
|Ōtaki||Otaki Memorial Hall||12 February||10 am - 12 pm|
|Ōtorohanga||Waitomo Cave Hotel||13 February||1-3 pm|
What happens next?
We'll review all the submissions received during this consultation. The submissions will inform our final recommendations to the Minister of Conservation.
We will also prepare a summary of submissions and set out how we have responded to these in developing our recommendations.
The Minister of Conservation and Cabinet will then consider our recommendations and decide on the changes to whitebait management that should be progressed.
DOC will confirm on this website whether the whitebait fishing regulations have changed for the 2020 season.