Fishing rules

Everyone who fishes recreationally in New Zealand has a legal requirement to follow the recreational fishing rules. The rules change regularly – so check the rules for your fishing area every time you head out fishing.

Lots of ways to keep informed about the rules

New Zealand has 7 fishing areas. You need to follow the specific fishing rules for the area where you're fishing. You can:

You'll also see signage about rules at many fishing spots around New Zealand. 

It is illegal to buy, sell or swap recreationally caught seafood

Choose your fishing area to check the rules

Click on the map of your fishing area below to check the fishing rules, closures, and restrictions.


Follow us on Facebook

We have some regional pages to bring you information about the fishing rules and how we manage and protect local fisheries.

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Report poaching

Report poaching, suspicious, or illegal activity – call 0800 4 POACHER (0800 47 62 24) or email

You can help us by providing:

  • the location
  • vehicle/trailer registration number
  • boat name
  • description of the person

When reporting any suspected poaching put your personal safety first. All calls and personal details are treated as confidential.

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