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.


Choose your fishing area to check the rules

New Zealand has 7 fishing areas. You need to follow the specific fishing rules for the area where you're fishing. Click on the map of your fishing area to check the rules, closures, and restrictions:

 

Ways to keep informed about the rules

You can:

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

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 poacher@mpi.govt.nz

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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