A new pilot project to evaluate commercial land-based whitebait farming was launched at the former Ocean Beach Freezing Works in Bluff.
The 16-year project is led by Manāki Whitebait and is a result of research into the breeding of all five New Zealand whitebait species. A recent investment of $998,000 from MPI’s Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures) helped take the research to the next level, said Steve Penno, Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) director of investment programmes.
Manāki’s project manager Paul Decker, who led the project with Dr Tagrid Kurwie, said the Manāki story started with an aspiration to restore and enhance the native species that make up the whitebait catch.
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