Pāua 3 and 7 fisheries (PAU 3 and PAU 7) review of daily bag limit and accumulation limit for recreational fishers

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Contact: Inshore fisheries management

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Fisheries New Zealand is reviewing the recreational daily bag limits and accumulation limits in the PAU 3 (Kaikōura and Canterbury) and PAU 7 (top of the South Island) fisheries. 

Reductions are proposed for daily bag limits and accumulation limits. The proposals aim to ensure the fisheries remain sustainable after impacts on the populations caused by the 2016 Kaikōura earthquakes.

We want your feedback on the proposals, which are detailed in the consultation document. The consultation runs from 22 August to 3 October 2018. 

What's being proposed?

Existing limits for both fisheries are:

  • a daily bag limit of 10
  • an accumulation limit of 20 or 2.5kg (if the pāua are in a state that is unable to be counted).

It's proposed to reduce these limits. Two options are under consideration. 

PAU 3 and PAU 7 

Daily bag limit

Accumulation limit

Option 1


10 or 1.25 kg*

Option 2


6 or 0.75 kg*

* If the pāua are in a state that is unable to be counted.

Consultation document

Review of recreational regulations in PAU 3 and PAU 7 [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the proposed changes by 5pm on 3 October 2018 to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz

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

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

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation or a company).

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.

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