Manatū Ahu Matua

Kia ora and welcome to the Fisheries site of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

MPI is changing the way we provide information online. 

Up to date fisheries information is now available on the MPI website.
Visit or click on the links below.

The Future of our fisheries

As part of our dedication to growing and protecting New Zealand, MPI has launched a major work programme to improve the way we manage our fisheries.

Sustainable fisheries

New Zealand's fisheries provide an important source of food for recreational, cultural and commercial purposes. We protect our marine resources through science and research, and by monitoring commercial fishing.

Fisheries management

Our work involves making sure fisheries are managed sustainably. We allocate quota and monitor fisheries resources to ensure there are enough fish for now and the future for customary, recreational, and commercial users.

Recreational fishing information

Check your local fishing rules (by area) and read about fish species, fishing methods, customary rights, charter fishing vessel operators and shellfish biotoxins.

Fisheries consultations

Have your say on issues affecting New Zealand's fisheries.

Latest News
MPI Media releases
[15 December 2016]
1994 Snapper Mortality Information
MPI has received a number of requests to release data on juvenile snapper mortality from commercial...
[7 January 2015]
Kaikoura commercial fisherman fined
[5 September 2014]
Scallops die in botched seeding attempt
[11 August 2014]
Updated : 11 November 2016


MPI has developed free services to make checking the recreational fishing rules easier. 

Report Illegal Fishing Activity 
Phone 0800 47 62 24


NZ Fisheries Infosite
Celebrating NZ’s fisheries and their diversity, a collaborative engagement tool for all involved in the fisheries and its sustainability

Fisheries Communication Centre
Port arrivals, Port Departures, Entering restricted areas

Spatial & visual representations of our marine biological & fisheries management data

Science Working Groups
This area is restricted to invited working group members only

NZ Fisheries Management Research Database
Research & analysis of NZ fisheries management information