Story: Whitebait and whitebaiting

Impact of farming

Impact of farming

This stream, bounded on one side by flax and tussock, on the other by a paddock, shows the effects of stock having access from paddocks to waterways. The hooves of cattle cut up the river banks, and their grazing reduces stream-side vegetation. Intensive farming practices can lead to poor-quality waterways and loss of whitebait habitat.

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Carl Walrond, 'Whitebait and whitebaiting - Whitebait in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 23 Jun 2023