Blue cod information
Find out about blue cod, rules, and how we're managing them for future generations.
About blue cod
Māori names: rāwaru, pākirikiri
Scientific name: Parapercis colias
Blue cod are:
- bottom-dwelling fish found at depths of up to 150m
- only found in New Zealand waters
- more common around the South Island and the Chatham Islands.
Blue cod can live up to 32 years and grow up to 60cm. Their growth is influenced by several things, including sex, habitat, and local fishing pressure. They can change sex from female to male, and males are generally larger than females.
Fishing rules for blue cod
Fishing rules for blue cod (and other fish species) differ around the country and can change. Check the rules for your area every time before you go fishing.
Blue cod fishing rules changed on 1 July 2020
Recreational blue cod regulations overview (map) [PDF, 1.1 MB]
FAQs on the regulation changes [PDF, 227 KB]
You can report poaching, suspicious, or illegal activity online:
You can also:
- freephone 0800 4 POACHER (0800 47 62 24), or
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can help us by providing:
- the location
- vehicle/trailer registration number
- boat name
- description of the person
When reporting any suspected poaching put your personal safety first. All calls and personal details are treated as confidential.
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Who to contact
If you have questions about blue cod, email email@example.com