The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for managing fisheries policy and practice in New Zealand.

Sustainable fisheries management

Our work involves making sure fisheries are managed sustainably. We allocate quota and monitor fisheries resources to ensure there are enough fish for now and the future for customary, recreational, and commercial users.

Status of fisheries resources

Latest figures report that by international standards, our fisheries are doing well.

Future of our Fisheries

MPI has launched a major work programme – the Future of our Fisheries – to improve the way we manage our fisheries. MPI is consulting on the programme from 11 November to 23 December 2016.

We're already making improvements

MPI continues to maintain and foster resilience in the fisheries management system so we are prepared to respond to future challenges. We're already doing a lot to help ensure that happens.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the information on this page, email

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