An inanga whitebait

Image: Stephen Moore | ©

Introduction

Submissions on proposed changes to how we manage whitebait in New Zealand closed on 16 March 2020.

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.

In January 2020 we released a discussion document detailing proposed management changes for whitebait. It proposed:

  • 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.

Improving whitebait management discussion document (PDF, 7,631K)

Summary of our proposals including possible locations for whitebait refuges

Submissions on these proposals closed on 16 March 2020.

What happens next?

We are  currently reviewing all the submissions received during this consultation. The submissions will inform our final recommendations to the Minister of Conservation.

We will 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.

Questions?

What happens next?

Submissions closed 16 March 2020. 

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.

Questions?

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