There are concerns our whitebait stocks are on the decline and more needs to be done to protect the delicacy. Freshwater ecologist Mike Joy believes that we should be putting controls in place to keep the stock at healthy numbers. He says whitebait should be treated the same as our native trout and not be available for commercial sale.
At the FOM hub meeting in December we discussed an alternate year moratorium to help make this fishery sustainable for the sake of the both the native fish species and the whitebait’s. What do you think?
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