Buller District Council

Media Release-2019 Whitebait Season

3rd September, 2019

The Buller District Council, West Coast Regional Council and Department of Conservation would like to encourage whitebaiters to whitebait responsibly.

The rules and regulations around whitebaiting for 2019 remain the same as they have for the last few years.

Common offences during whitebait season include not remaining within 10 metres of a set net, water between the river bank and screens and screens exceeding 3 metres in length. Other offences include fishing within 20 metres of a culvert or confluence, with more than one net, off an illegal structure or with an oversize net. Offences can incur a fine of up to $5,000.00.

For health and safety reasons, whitebaiting is not permitted off Westport’s Port wharf structures. A map detailing the areas this applies to can be found on Buller District Council’s website.

West Coast Regional Council compliance officers will be active during the whitebait season, visiting the rivers in the Buller region that have consented whitebait stands.

The Regional Council would also like to remind whitebaiters, on all rivers, not to leave any rubbish or other materials on the river bank or the bed of the river, such as spotter boards, after the season has finished.

Department of Conservation warranted officers will be actively enforcing the rules and regulations under the Whitebait Fishing (West Coast) Regulations 1994, this can be found via the links below.

Whitebaiters Map  (338Kb)- The yellow lines on this map indicate the areas where fishing is not permitted at the Westport Port
Whitebaiting Regulations on the West Coast
The Whitebaiters Guide to Whitebaiting on the West Coast


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