Fiordland area fishing rules

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

What you need to know

Map of Fiordland fishing area
Map of Fiordland fishing area

This area (Te Moana o Atawhenua), covers the Fiordland coastal marine area out to 12 nautical miles from Awarua Point to Sandhill Point, excluding the area around the Solander Islands.

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

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.

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.

Last reviewed: | Has this been useful? Give us your feedback
Document cart