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Fishing Regulations

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For all other New Zealand Regions:  www.mpi.govt.nz/fishingrules      
More Information: www.fish.govt.nz     

Bag limits and size restrictions Northern Region:

In the Northern Region there is a combined daily limit of 20 or any combination of the following finfish:

Fish Species
Min Fish Length
(cm)
Min Set Net Mesh Size
(mm)
Min Drag Net Mesh Size
(mm)
Blue Cod 30 100 100
Blue Moki 40 114 115
Bluenose (Max 5) - 160 100
Butterfish 35 108 108
Elephant Fish - 150 150
Flatfish (except Sand flounder) 25 114 100
John Dory - 100 100
Kahawai - 90 85
Parore - 114 100
Porae - 100 100
Red Cod 25 100 100
Red Gurnard 25 100 100
Red Moki 40 115 115
Red Snapper - 100 100
Rig - 125 150
Sand Flounder 23 114 100
School Shark - 125 100
Tarakihi 25 100 100
Trevally 25 125 100


In addition to the combined limit, you can take a maximum of:

Fish Species
Min Fish Length
(cm)
Max Daily Limit
Per Person
Min Set Net Mesh Size
(mm)
Min Drag Net Mesh
Size   (mm)
Eels - 6 12 12
Grey Mullet - 30 90 85
Snapper SNA8 27 10 125 100
Snapper SNA1 # 30 7 125 100

#SNA1 refers to the area from North Cape to Cape Runaway, out to a distance of 200 nautical miles offshore.

In addition to the previously mentioned limits you may take the following:

A combined daily limit of 5 with no more than 3 kingfish or the following finfish:

Fish Species
Min Fish Length
(cm)
Min Set Net Mesh Size
(mm)
Min Drag Net Mesh Size
(mm)
Groper / Hapuka / Bass - 160 100
Kingfish 75 100 100


No daily bag limit applies to the following finfish:

Fish Species Min Fish Length
(cm)
Min Set Net Mesh Size
(mm)
Min Drag Net Mesh Size
(mm)
Garfish (Piper) - 25 25
Pilchard - 25 25
Yellow Eyed Mullet - 25 25
All Others - 100 100

Shellfish

The following restrictions on taking and possessing shellfish apply to all areas, unless specified.

Species Daily Limit
per
fisher 
Auckland Coromandel
area daily limit per

 Min size
(mm)

Cockle 150 50  -
Kina (sea eggs) 50 50  -
Green-lipped mussels 50 25  -
       
Oysters - Dredge 50 50 58
Oysters - Rock & Pacific 250 100  -
Paua - Ordinary 10 10 125
Paua - Yellow Foot 10 10 80
Pipi 150 50  -
Scallops
(season 1 Sep-31 Mar)
20 20 100
Toheroa Prohibited Prohibited Prohibited
Tuatua 150 50  -
All Others (Combined) 50 50  -

This is a combined, mixed-species bag limit. It applies to all shellfish species not
specifically named above and includes all crabs, limpets, starfish, periwinkles,
whelks, barnacles, freshwater crayfish (koura), cats eyes (snails) and sea cucumbers.

Finfish length is measured from the tip of the nose to the “V” in the tail.

For more information visit: www.fish.govt.nz or 0800 4 RULES

NZ Scallop Season

Regional dates:

North Island 1 September  to 31 March  incl.
Central

15 July  to 14 February incl.

South Island

(excluding Southland and Fiordland)
15 July  to 14 February  incl.

Southland 1 October  to 15 March incl.
Fiordland 1 October to 15 March incl.

 

Rock Lobster / Crayfish check size and limits here

Daily bag limits - Max 6 (both species combined)


Spiny rock lobster min size.

Measure tail width in a straight line between the tips of the two large (primary)
spines on the second segment of the tail.
If you are unsure of the sex, use the 60mm rule.

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Packhorse lobster min size.

Measure the tail length along the underside in a straight line from the rear of the
calcified bar on the first segment to the tip of the middle fan of the tail.
Must have a tail length of at least 216mm (male and female).

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 No fishing is allowed in Marine Reserves - Check here

 

IS YOUR CATCH LEGAL?

Report illegal Fishing 0800 47 62 24

Catch a feed, not a fine - check the fishing rules each time you fish:

Download  our free smartphone app by texting 'app' to 9889 
                    (it even works where there’s no coverage)

Free text the name of the species you are fishing for (e.g. 'blue cod' or 'paua') to 9889
                 the size and limit information back for free. 
Visiit: www.mpi.govt.nz/fishingrules  

Or freephone 0800 00 83 33 to find your local office

 

 
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