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

Our vision is to grow and protect New Zealand. We do this by: maximising export opportunities for the primary industries; improving sector productivity; increasing sustainable resource use; and protecting New Zealand from biological risk.

MPI is a new ministry formed from the merger of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Fisheries and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority. 
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Latest News
Snapper One Region Rule Change
On 1 April 2014 changes to the rules for snapper in the Snapper 1 Region come into effect. The bag...
[26 March 2014]
New Zealand’s fisheries performing well
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has now released its 2013 summaries of the Status of New...
[13 November 2013]
Excess snapper find causes a stink
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) compliance officers had a foul surprise when a routine...
[31 October 2013]
MPI and Navy work to protect Pacific fisheries in Operation Calypso
Four Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) compliance officers have recently completed a deployment...
[3 September 2013]
Updated : 9 January 2014

Free, quick and easy ways to check
the recreational fishing rules on-the-go


  National Plan of Action -
  Sharks 2013

Fishing Rules - check the rules for where you are fishing, before you go

Report Illegal Fishing Activity  - fill out this online form or phone 0800 4 Poacher (0800 4 76224)

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.....

Student and Teacher Resources - an online learning resource for teachers and students

NABIS provides 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   - for research & analysis of NZ fisheries management information