Information on popular fish in NZ
Find out about New Zealand's most popular recreationally caught fish, how catch limits are set, and what we do to ensure there are enough fish for future generations.
Choose a species
Select one of the fish or the pāua to find out about that species.
Find more species on our free NZ Fishing Rules app
With the app, you can:
- check local fishing rules (including legal sizes and catch/bag limits)
- find out about areas that are closed to fishing
- check where it's safe to collect shellfish from
- identify fish species and whether they're common in your area
- view the photo gallery
- see scientific names and Māori names
- report poachers.
Maps and stock assessments
Other fish species information
Who to contact
If you have questions about recreational fishing, email firstname.lastname@example.org