Fisheries New Zealand

Fisheries New Zealand works to ensure that fisheries resources are managed to provide the greatest overall benefit to New Zealanders. Our focus is the sustainability of New Zealand’s wild fish stocks, aquaculture, and the wider aquatic environment, now and for future generations.

Find out about measures to protect Hector's and Māui dolphins.

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Recreational fishing rules

Find out how many fish you can catch and how big they must be. 

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Commercial fisheries

Key information and guidance for commercial fishers, including electronic catch and position reporting.

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Customary fisheries

Fishing rights for tangata whenua are guaranteed in the law. Learn more about customary fishing management.

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Sustainable fisheries

Read about how we're ensuring there are enough fish in New Zealand’s fisheries – now and for future generations.



How to set up an aquaculture farm. The government's strategy for sustainable aquaculture.

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Quota Management System (QMS)

Find out what the Quota Management System (QMS) is and how it works. 

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Fisheries media releases

Find the latest Fisheries New Zealand media releases.

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Fisheries consultations

Have your say. We regularly consult on changes we make to ensure our fisheries remain sustainable.