Challenger area fishing rules

Recreational fishing rules for the Challenger area, including closures, restrictions, and other important notices.



Due to the earthquake of 14 November 2016, fisheries in the Kaikōura and Cape Campbell regions are closed:

  • Collection of shellfish and seaweed is prohibited between Marfells Beach and the Conway River out to a distance of 4 nautical miles.

Marlborough Sounds

  • The Marlborough Sounds SCA7 area is closed to scallop fishing until further notice. See map in 'Closures and restrictions' below.

Details, including maps of the closed areas, are in the 'Closures and restrictions' box on this page.

What you need to know

Map of Challenger fishing area
The Challenger fishing area.

This area extends along the West Coast of the South Island north of Awarua Point, and around to Clarence Point on the east coast.

All recreational fishing – including potting, netting and all other fishing methods – is covered by rules.



Ways to check the rules

This page is a summary of daily bag and size limits and closed and restricted areas. For more information about rules you can:

You can also:

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.

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

These are offences against the Fisheries Act which can result in fines up to $250,000.

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