Fishing is one of New Zealand's most popular recreational activities. It's important for all fishers to act responsibly and help conserve the resource.
The Ministry for Primary Industries rules are in place for recreational activities like fishing, to minimise harm to New Zealand's natural resources and primary industries. Everyone who fishes recreationally in New Zealand has a legal requirement to follow the recreational fishing rules.
The rules change regularly – so check the rules for your fishing area every time you head out fishing.