Kiwi scientists are booting whitebait stocks.

The humble straw bale is an unlikely new tool for boosting whitebait stocks around the country, new research suggests. 

Researchers at the University of Canterbury set things off, using the bales to create artificial habitats on degraded riverbanks where whitebait spawn.

The study was taken out on the Heathcote and Avon Rivers, in Christchurch, as the earthquakes dramatically changed the riverbanks.

 

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