Maps of NZ fisheries

Maps of New Zealand fisheries including, commercial fishing, customary fisheries and marine protected areas.

ONLINE PORTAL LAUNCHED 29 JANUARY 2020

Data coordinates for commercial fishing regulations

The online portal allows public access to data relating to the commercial fishing regulations.

Updated data sets include coordinates for fisheries management areas, general statistical areas, and quota management areas.

The portal also has regulation information on current:

  • commercial fishing regulations (including closed seamount areas and PSH 71A approvals)
  • benthic protection areas
  • fishery notices (including temporary closures that are not S186 closures)
  • marine reserves Type 1
  • marine mammal sanctuary (one area closed for set netting)
  • ministerial decisions
  • submarine cables and pipeline protection zones.

The portal also has links to other government data relevant to the fishing industry. They include links to Land Information New Zealand (Exclusive Economic Zone and Topo50 Coastline) and the Department of Conservation (Marine Mammal Sanctuaries).

Data sets can be downloaded in several formats, such as Shapefile, KML, CSV and others. All data sets include full metadata. A step-by-step user guide is available to help you download the files.

Commercial fishing – all methods

map of distribution of total commercial catch, all methods

 

Commercial fishing – trawl

map of distribution of total commercial trawl catch

 

Customary fisheries management areas

map of New Zealand customary fishing areas
Note: Only Rohe Moana which have Tangata Kaitiaki/ Tiaki appointed under the Fisheries (Kaimoana Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998 or the Fisheries (South Island Customary Fishing) Regulations 1999 are shown on this map. Boundaries are indicative only. Fresh water areas have been included in the map. Restrictions are current as of 7 September 2020.

 

Recreational fishing (amateur and charter fishing vessels)

map showing the distribution of recreational fishing
The distribution of recreational fishing is indicated by combining data from aerial flights and boat ramp surveys from 2005 to 2012, and statutory catch and activity returns from charter vessels from 2011 to 2014. The latter data is aggregated into grid squares of between 4 and 1000km2 as required to give 4-year annual average of data from at least three skippers. Data that could not be aggregated in this way was excluded. Aerial surveys have only occurred in some regions so the relative intensity of fishing between different regions is not accurately portrayed. The areas fished are indicative only. For further information contact the Fisheries Science Manager, Ministry for Primary Industries. Credits: Hypsometric relief supplied by Geographx. All Rights Reserved, © GeographX 2008. Coastline data sourced from LINZ. Bathymetric data sourced from NIWA.

 

Marine protected areas

map of New Zealand marine protected areas
Fishing restrictions are current as at 30/09/2015. Credits: Hypsometric relief supplied by Geographx. All Rights Reserved, © GeographX 2008. Coastline data sourced from LINZ. Bathymetric data sourced from NIWA. Marine Reserve data sourced from DOC.
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