Fishing and shellfish

Length measurements: finfish length is measured from the tip of the nose to the rear end of the middle ray of the tail fin.

For more information on fishing rules, visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website: www.mpi.govt.nz/fishing-rules or download the app.

NZ Fishing Rules App QR code.

In Northland there is a daily bag limit of 20 of any combination of the following finfish.

Fish species Minimum fish length (cm) Fish species Minimum fish length (cm)
Blue cod 30cm Red cod 25cm
Blue moki 40cm Reg gurnard 25cm
Bluenose (daily bag limit 5) - Red moki 40cm
Butterfish 35cm Red snapper -
Elephant fish - Rig -
Flatfish (except sand flounder) 25cm Sand flounder 23cm
John dory - School shark -
Kahawai - Tarakihi 25cm
Parore - Trevally 25cm
Porae -    

In addition to the combined limit, you can take a maximum of:

Fish species Minimum fish length (cm) Maximum daily limit (per person)
Eels - 6
Grey Mullet - 30
Snapper 30cm 7

 

In addition to the previously mentioned limits, you may also take the following (Daily bag limit of 5 with no more than 3 Kingfish):

Fish species Minimum fish length (cm) Fish species Minimum fish length (cm)
Groper /Hapuka /Bass - Kingfish 75cm