Experts in New Zealand are warning that whitebait are at risk of extinction if the government does not address water quality.
If things continue the way they are New Zealand would lose its native migratory fish, including its whitebait species, by 2050.
Massey University’s Mike Joy is an expert in this area. He said the recent nationwide standards did not help enough to clean our waterways. The new system put forward by the government placed the responsibility on local councils to keep water ways clean.
He said that we now have 74 percent of our native fish listed as a threatened species.
A Ministry for the Environment spokesperson said communities that valued whitebait fishing needed to manage their water quality so that it was suitable for that use.