Status of the fisheries resources

New Zealand's fisheries management system is working well and respected internationally.


Studies continue to show that New Zealand is a world leader in fisheries management.1

Sustainable fisheries

Our fisheries management system is considered world-leading and scientific assessments show that overall our fisheries are sustainable.

The key building blocks of New Zealand’s fisheries management are the Quota Management System (QMS) and the Fisheries Act 1996. The Act provides for the utilisation of fisheries resources while ensuring sustainability.

Stock status and sustainability

Coastal and inshore fisheries

Freshwater fisheries

The Department of Conservation (DOC) administers the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983, which has provisions relating to indigenous fish, noxious fish, and waterways. The licensing system for freshwater sports fishing is managed by Fish and Game councils.


Environmental status

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1 Worm, B., Hilborn, R., et al. (2009). Rebuilding Global Fisheries. Science, 325 (5940):578–585.
Alder, J., Cullis-Suzuki, S., et al (2010). Aggregate Performance in Managing Marine Ecoysystems of 53 Maritime Countries. Marine Policy, 34 (3): 468–476.
Pramod, G. (2011). Evaluations of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance in Marine Fisheries of 41 countries, MCS Case Studies Report, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia.

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