This order alters quota management areas by dividing stocks of freshwater eel in the South Island into long-finned and short-finned stocks. The order amends Schedule 1 of the Fisheries Act 1996 by adding the new quota management areas created as a result of the alterations. The new quota management areas for long-finned and short-finned freshwater eel share, and so use, the descriptions of the existing quota management areas for all freshwater eel.
The alteration and amendments for the division of the stocks with fishstock codes ANG11, ANG12, ANG14, ANG15, and ANG16 come into force on 1 October 2016, which is the start of the fishing year for those stocks. The alteration and amendments for the division of the stock with fishstock code ANG13 come into force on 1 February 2017, which is the start of the fishing year for that stock.