Shellfish bag limits and size restrictions

 

Shellfish species

Daily
limit
per person

Auckland/Coromandel area daily limit
per person

Minimum
size
(mm)

Cockle

150

50

None

Kina (sea eggs)

50

50

None

Green-lipped mussels

50

25

None

Oysters - Rock & Pacific**

250

100

None

(Rock and Pacific Oysters must not be opened while they adhere to the object on which they grow.)

Paua – Ordinary

10

10

**125

Paua Yellow Foot

10

10

**80

Pipi

150

50

None

Scallops

20

20

**100

Toheroa

Prohibited

Prohibited

Tuatua

150

50

None

All others (combined)

***50

***50

None

Rock Lobster

6

6

*

 

MINIMUM SIZES – no person may take or possess

* Male spiny rock lobster with a tail width less than 54mm.

* Female spiny rock lobster with a tail width less than 60mm.

* Packhorse rock lobster (either sex) with a tail length less than 216mm.

* It is illegal to collect rock lobster carrying external eggs or with a soft shell.

** Dredge oysters, scallops and paua may not be possessed seaward of the high watermark in an unmeasureable state.

*** This is a combined, mixed-species bag limit. It applies to all shellfish species not specifically named above and includes paddle crabs.

Check the Northland District Health Board website for shellfish warnings:
www.northlanddhb.org.nz/shellfish-safety

Open seasons

Oysters: There is no season restricting the taking of oysters. They can be taken all year round. However, oysters may not be taken from a small number of designated Māori reserves in Northland and Waikato.

Contact the Ministry of Primary Industries for the exact locations of these reserves on 0800 00 83 33 or Whangārei 09 470 0580. Report illegal fishing activities on 0800 476 224.

Scallops: the open season is 1 September to 31 March inclusive.