Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983

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Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983

(SR 1983/277)

David Beattie, Governor-General

Order in Council

At the Government House at Wellington this 19th day of December 1983

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

These regulations are administered by the Department of Conservation.

Pursuant to the Fisheries Act 1983, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following regulations.


1 Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

2A Sports fish defined for the purposes of Act

3 Application of regulations

Part 1

4 Classes and forms of licences

4A Special licences

5 Form of licences [Revoked]

6 Area of availability of licences [Revoked]

6A Tourist fishing licences [Revoked]

7 Term of licences [Revoked]

8 Issue of licences

9 Restrictions on issue of licences

10 Application for licences

11 Verification of licences

12 Licences not transferrable

13 Cancellation of licences

14 Licence fees

14A Fees exclusive of goods and services tax [Revoked]

15 Reduction or waiver of fees

16 Expenditure of licence fees

17 Payments to Consolidated Account [Revoked]

18 Payments to Island Councils [Revoked]

19 No right of entry on land

Part 2
Obligations of persons fishing

20 Obligation of anglers to give name and address and to produce licence or identification

21 Restriction on taking fish from or near fish traps

Part 3
Marked fish

22 No unauthorised marking of sports fish

23 Notifying details of marked fish taken

Part 4
Storage and smoking of sports fish

24 Register for sports fish

25 Details to be attached to sports fish

26 No gifts of sports fish

27 Maximum weight of sports fish

Part 5
Canning of sports fish

28 No unauthorised canning of sports fish

29 No payment for canning sports fish

30 No sale of canned sports fish

31 No trading of sports fish for canned sports fish

32 Marking cans of sports fish

33 No interference with marked cans of sports fish

34 No false marking of canned sports fish

35 Marking cans before parting with them

36 No fishing while holding unmarked cans

37 Maximum weight of canned sports fish

38 Maximum daily quantity for transport of canned sports fish

39 Possession of canned sports fish

40 No canned sports fish in public eating house

Part 6
Fish passage

41 Scope

42 Culverts and fords

43 Dams and diversion structures

44 Requirement for a fish facility

45 Adequate water

46 Required maintenance or repair

47 Damage

48 Alterations

49 Inspection of fish facilities

50 Protection of fish

Part 7
Use of electric fishing machines

51 Authority required for use of electric fishing machines

52 Operation of electric fishing machines [Revoked]

53 Authorised use of electric fishing machines [Revoked]

54 Certificates of approval of electric fishing machines [Revoked]

55 Marking of electric fishing machines [Revoked]

56 Certificates to be carried and produced [Revoked]

57 Amendment, etc, of certificates [Revoked]

Part 7A
Fishing competitions relating to sports fish

57A Fishing competitions require approval of Fish and Game Council

57B Applications

57C Matters to be considered by Council

57D Powers of Council

57E Holders to comply with provisions of approval

57F Rental

Part 8

58 Authorised introduction of indigenous or exotic species

59 Restricted authority to liberate fish or ova

60 General authority to liberate fish or ova

61 Restricted authority to introduce indigenous or exotic fish or ova

62 Transfer of sports fish

63 Transfer of live aquatic life

64 No unauthorised catching or keeping of certain fish

65 Control of noxious fish

66 No fish refuse on banks

67 Possession of mounted specimens

Part 8A
European carp, Japanese koi

67A Licences to harvest fish

67B Recreational fishing

67C Containment areas to be established

Part 9
Faunistic reserves

68 Faunistic reserves

Part 10
Indigenous fish

69 No taking of grayling

70 No killing of indigenous fish

71 Taking of indigenous fish

Part 11
Offences, defences, and penalties

72 Offences and penalties

73 Defences

Part 12

75 Savings

Schedule 1

Schedule 2
Licences and fees


Schedule 3
Species of noxious fish

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