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Proposed further amendments to fishing regulations in the Fiordland Marine Area

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Fisheries New Zealand is consulting on further amendments proposed by the Fiordland Marine Guardians to recreational and commercial fishing rules for the Fiordland Marine Area under the Fisheries (Amateur Fishing) Regulations 2013, the Fisheries (Southland and Sub-Antarctic Areas Commercial Fishing) Regulations 1986 and the Fisheries (Commercial Fishing) Regulations 2001. We invite feedback from tangata whenua, stakeholders, and the public on these proposed changes.

About the proposed changes

Following consultation between August and September 2022 and ministerial decisions on proposed changes to recreational fishing rules, the Fiordland Marine Guardians have added further amendments based on feedback received. Given these matters were not specifically proposed in the previous consultation, the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries has instructed Fisheries New Zealand to publicly consult on the further proposals. We now invite feedback on the following proposals:

  1. Recreational vessel limits: Implement a vessel limit for recreational fishing vessels in the Fiordland Marine Area of 4 times the daily species and combined bag limits.
  2. Restrictions of bulk harvesting methods: Prohibition of a selection of bulk harvesting methods including cod potting, longlines, and setlines for recreational and commercial fishers landward of the fishing lines (fiord headlands).

The further proposed changes are provided in the consultation document below.

Consultation document

Proposed further amendments to fishing regulations in the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area [PDF, 526 KB]

Previous related consultation

Review of recreational fishing measures – Fiordland Marine Area

Making your submission

You can make your submission any time before the consultation closes at 5pm on Monday, 28 August 2023.

We encourage you to use our submission form template.

Submission form [DOCX, 77 KB]

Email your completed form to

While we prefer email, you can post written submissions to:

Fiorldland Review
Fisheries New Zealand
Private Bag 1926
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand.

If you require hard copies of the consultation document or any other information, email

Related information

Fisheries Act 1996 – NZ Legislation

Recreational daily bag limits and size restrictions for finfish [PDF, 363 KB]

Recreational fishing rules

National panel survey of marine recreational fishers

Fisheries (Amateur Fishing) Regulations 2013 – NZ Legislation

Fisheries (Commercial Fishing) Regulations 2001 – NZ Legislation

Fisheries (Southland and Sub-Antarctic Areas Commercial Fishing) Regulations 1986

About the Quota Management System (QMS)

National Inshore Finfish Fisheries Plan

Glossary of relevant terms

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation