Skip to content

Proposed technical amendments to fisheries regulations

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand wants your feedback on 33 proposed operational changes to various fisheries regulations that cover customary, amateur, and commercial fisheries.

Refer to the summary list of the proposals by category

Read the consultation documents for full details

This consultation is open from 17 January to 5pm on 4 March 2022.

About the proposed changes

The Fisheries Act 1996 provides for regulations to be made for different purposes in the fisheries' context. The proposals in this consultation document cover a wide variety of issues, including:

  • changes to fishing gear and method regulations for commercial fishers  
  • amendments to some customary fisheries regulations
  • record-keeping requirements for stakeholders involved in commercial fisheries
  • changes to amateur daily limits for some species or areas
  • increasing the number of regulations for which infringement notices can be issued (use of seabird mitigation devices and record-keeping regulations) together with other enhancements to the Ministry for Primary Industries' compliance framework.

The discussion document describes each of the proposed amendments and their objectives. It also identifies the affected stakeholders and likely impacts on stakeholders.

Consultation documents

Discussion document: Proposed technical amendments to fisheries regulations [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Summary of proposed technical amendments to fisheries regulations [PDF, 369 KB]

Related information

Fisheries Act 1996 – NZ Legislation  

Summary list of proposals by category

Expand all

Making your submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on Friday, 4 March 2022.

If you have questions before you complete your submission, email

Email your written submissions to

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Fisheries regulation amendments 2021/22 
Fisheries Management 
Fisheries New Zealand 
PO BOX 2526 
Wellington 6011.

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation: 'Proposed technical amendments to fisheries regulations'
  • which proposals in the consultation document you are submitting on
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

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