On 1 July 2011, the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) merged with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The new ministry became the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 30 April 2012.

MPI works to ensure that fisheries are used in a sustainable way and that we have a healthy aquatic ecosystem. That way, all New Zealanders can get the best value from this resource.

We do this by researching fisheries, managing the process for access and allocation of fisheries and ensuring that everyone who uses New Zealand’s fisheries comply with the rules and regulations that govern and protect them. Find out more about us...


Seafood exports consistently rank as NZ’s fourth or fifth largest export earner. Read more
Fishing is one of NZ's most popular recreational activities. Read more
Fisheries are a traditional source of economic and cultural wealth for iwi and hapü. Read more
NZ’s ocean productivity results from a combination of its location in the Pacific, its undersea landscape, ocean currents, and climate. Read more
NZ’s involvement in managing fisheries sustainably beyond our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Read more
There are significant opportunities for the sustainable development of NZ’s aquaculture industry. Read more


Last Updated: 02 May 2012

Contact MPI

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0800 00 83 33