Whitebait season has begun! It is the time of year for delicious whitebait fritters (basically fried fish and egg patties) – if you have access to this fishy delicacy!
New Zealand whitebait are the immature young of five different species of fish that make their way from the ocean and up the rivers in springtime. They are caught with nets and popular fishing spots are often claimed by the same people each year.
Patient whitebaiters can be found sitting alongside riverbanks or working the river mouths with their nets.
Catches are smaller than of old, and restrictions are now in place to regulate the health and abundance of the whitebait.
|Netting whitebait at the mouth of the Kiritehere River|
I was sent a gorgeous photo of a Royal Spoonbill feasting on whitebait on the edge of Waimakariri River in Canterbury, but unfortunately was denied permission to post it here.
This spoonbill photo was taken by Rebecca Bowater and sourced from www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz
Have an enjoyable week everyone 😊