8 Dec 2016

Is the whitebait population fried?

From Morning Report, 8:35 am on 8 December 2016
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Photo: PHOTO NZ

Is the traditional whitebait fritter under threat?

Reports of a lacklustre whitebait catch in several regions this season are sparking calls for the iconic delicacy to be better regulated and researched.

But fresh water ecologists say the real issue is the lack of data on the whitebait population, and that's something that will take years to understand.