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Review of recreational daily bag limits for finfish

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback on proposals to amend recreational daily bag limits for finfish set under the Fisheries (Amateur Fishing) Regulations 2013.

The closing date for submissions is 18 November 2021.

About the proposed changes

Fisheries New Zealand is consulting on proposals to amend the Amateur Regulations so that a that a combined daily bag limit applies to all finfish species unless specifically excluded.

There are 3 options proposed:

  • Option 1: Status quo, retain the current daily bag limit settings.
  • Option 2: Include all finfish species, not currently subject to a daily bag limit, in the combined daily bag limit.
  • Option 3: Include all finfish species, including those with additional individual species limits, in the combined daily bag limit.

Additionally, tangata whenua, stakeholder, and public views are sought on 2 secondary proposals regarding whether to:

  • retain the existing combined daily bag limit caps across the 5 recreational fishing areas or standardise the limit across the country, and
  • exclude a subset of small fish species generally taken as bait and set a new combined daily bag limit of 50 for these baitfish species.

These changes are unlikely to impact most recreational fishers given that, on average, only 2.5% of fishing trips result in fishers taking 18 or more finfish.

The review of recreational daily bag limits is also an opportunity to align the recreational daily bag limit for southern bluefin tuna, currently set by Gazette Notice, with other finfish species and bring it under regulation.

Consultation document

Review of recreational daily bag limits for finfish – Discussion document [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Related information

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

Making your submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 18 November 2021.

When providing feedback on the proposals, we encourage submitters to use the consultation submission form.

Consultation submission form [DOCX, 78 KB]

Email your completed form to

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

Inshore Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

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

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

Submissions are public information

Note that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it.  That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

MPI may post all or parts of any written submission on its website. We will consider that you have consented to its publication, unless clearly stated otherwise in your submission.