Background information

Fisheries New Zealand is proposing changes to improve our fisheries management system. The proposals are:
  • Amending the rules for commercial fishers that set out what fish must be brought back to port and what fish can be returned to the sea.
  • Ensuring effective and fair offences and penalties.
  • Streamlining the decision-making process for setting catch limits.
  • Technical fisheries management changes.
The following allows you to view a simplified version of the consultation document and provide online feedback on our proposals.

Your feedback will inform the next steps in this process, which includes developing and seeking approval for policy changes and any necessary legislative changes.

Once the policy settings have been considered by the Minister of Fisheries and agreed in 2019, the next step will be to consider appropriate options to improve our monitoring and verification capabilities for commercial fisheries.

Full discussion paper available
This is a condensed version of the proposed changes. We recommend that you also read the full discussion paper: “Your fisheries - your say” available on the Fisheries New Zealand website:  

Have your say
Fisheries New Zealand also welcomes written submissions. You can download a written submission template from our website:

Submissions can be emailed to:

Alternatively, the postal address is:

Fisheries Change Programme
Fisheries New Zealand
P O Box 2526
Wellington 6011

Consultation closes at 5pm on 17 March 2019.
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While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, Fisheries New Zealand does not accept any responsibility or liability for error of fact, omission, interpretation or opinion that may be present, nor for the consequences of any decisions based on this information. Any view or opinion expressed does not necessarily represent the view of Fisheries New Zealand.