Today’s face of the day is upset by proposals to change the management of whitebait.

The Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill is currently going through Parliament, which some worry could eventually spell the end of whitebaiting in New Zealand.

The bill aims to give better protection to native species, and West coast MP Damien O’Connor did his best at a meeting to allay whitebaiters’ fears.

“We’re not looking at closing it down – we’re looking at better management of it,” Mr O’Connor said.

But locals, including Karamea whitebaiter Kelly Dooley, were not satisfied.

“If they take it off us it’s disgusting – it’s disgusting of the Government,” Mr Dooley said.

“I want it for my grandchildren.” […]

The National Party has said it will oppose the bill, as it claims eventually whitebaiting will be prohibited and only allowed with special authorisation.[…]

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