Straw bales have been placed along three kilometres of the Heathcote River. They provide a spawning habitat for inaka/whitebait, who wriggle between the straw to lay their eggs at high tide. At the next high ‘spring’ tide the eggs hatch and the young are washed out to sea where they grow into whitebait.
This project will help identify the best places for long term restoration of whitebait spawning habitat.
“It’s good to nurture these wee critters
they may be future whitebait fritters.”