Pro­tect white­bait

Kapiti News - - Letters To The Editor -

Four of the five species of white­bait are en­dan­gered. They are threat­ened with ex­tinc­tion.

Once they were su­per-abun­dant. There are sto­ries of fill­ing a 10-gal­lon drum with white­bait to be used as fer­tiliser on the gar­den. A sus­tain­able catch would then have been many times greater than the to­tal flow to­day.

Not now.

Dur­ing the past cen­tury un­con­trolled catches have brought the num­ber to a tiny frac­tion of what it had been be­fore peo­ple came.

There can be no sus­tain­able catch now. The only sen­si­ble ac­tion is to ban all white­bait fish­ing and hope that they can re­cover over the com­ing decades. Calls to con­tinue fish­ing ig­nore these facts, while mak­ing the ridicu­lous claim of want­ing to “heal the es­tu­ary” (Chris Turver, Sept 26) by de­stroy­ing this re­source.

Ra­tio­nal ar­gu­ment is re­placed by mum­bo­jumbo when Rakauo­te­ora Te Maipi writes of “love” and “a spir­i­tual pos­i­tive” with calls to pay at­ten­tion to his “in­can­ta­tion or prayer”.

He talks of ed­u­ca­tion but is care­ful to re­main ig­no­rance of the facts.

So too with Jim Si­mons who wants to “take a feed when Tan­garoa is in a gen­er­ous mood”.

Call it what you will, the num­ber of white­bait is a tiny frac­tion of what it once was.

If we care we will pro­tect what is left and al­low na­ture to re­cover. JOHN ROBIN­SON


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