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What is one fish and six fish at the same time? Whitebait are actually the juvenile forms of 6 different native fish species that are migrating back up streams or waterways to develop into adults.

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Today’s photo of whitebaiters in the surf near Okarito River mouth during the 2006 season, reminds us that the¬†2014¬†whitebait season is about to get started.

Whitebaiting in the surf near Okarito River mouth, West Coast, New Zealand.

The season runs from 15 August until 30 November, except the West Coast of the South Island when it runs from 1 September until 14 November.

Whitebait are the juveniles of five native fish species from the galaxiid family and, while we want you to enjoy your fishing and your fritters, make sure you fish according to the regulations so that future generations can enjoy them too.