(1) It's illegal in New Zealand to sell any native fish without a permit - apart from whitebait .(2) You can cook any fish by this method, though I will agree that whitebait are fiddly.(3) Finns eat whitebait fried, or in a dill sauce, or in a garlic sauce, or in a tomato sauce, or baked in bread.(4) In Dorset, mackerel usually arrive in June, as they chase the sand eels and whitebait inshore, sometimes chasing them right up onto the beach.(5) ‘Wild puffins normally eat live whitebait , sprats and sand eels which they dive in the sea for,’ said Mrs Platts.