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NZ Fishing Rules

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has developed free services to make checking the recreational fishing rules easier.

NZ Fishing Rules App

Get fish species information on-the-go with the MPI Recreational Fishing App. The app:
  • helps you to identify recreational fish species
  • displays useful information such as the minimum legal size and area bag limits
  • contains short useful video such as how to release undersize fish correctly and also how to measure and determine the sex of crayfish. 

Apple store - NZ Fishing Rules Android Market - NZ Fishing Rules

The app is available on both the Apple AppStore and Android Market – for more information, click on an icon or text the word APP to 9889 (it's free) and get the links sent to your phone.

Free Text 9889

Get size restrictions and bag limits for fish species sent directly to your phone.

  • Free text the name of the fish species (e.g. blue cod) to 9889. 
  • We’ll reply with the size restriction information instantly for free.
  • If you need to know the limit, reply with ‘limit’ and we’ll send you that too.

Regional Offices

Your local MPI Office can provide you with printed brochures and expert advice.



View some helpful video guides about recreational fishing, netting, potting, paua and crayfish..

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Updated : 22 May 2014