Story: Whitebait and whitebaiting

Whitebait stands (1st of 3)

Whitebait stands

These whitebait stands are on the Ōkuru estuary in South Westland. Ropes and pulleys raise the structures above damaging floods. Screens placed in slots along the stand create barriers that baffle the whitebait as they swim alongside river banks where the current is slacker. Trying to find a way past the screen, the fish move to its outer edge, and enter a net.

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Carl Walrond, 'Whitebait and whitebaiting - Nets, screens and canneries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

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