26ZL Restrictions on fishing

(1)

The Director-General, by a notice published on at least 2 consecutive Saturdays in 1 or more daily newspapers circulating in the area concerned, for such period as may be specified in the notice, may, notwithstanding that it is otherwise lawful under this Act,—

(a)
[Repealed]

(b)

prohibit or impose restrictions and conditions on entry into any waters within a specified distance of any device erected in those waters for the purpose of preventing or controlling the movement of fish upstream or downstream or on entry to any land within a specified distance of any such device:

(c)

prohibit or impose restrictions or conditions on fishing in any waters or in any specified part or parts thereof, or on the taking of any species of fish therein, or on the methods of fishing in such waters:

(d)

in the case of freshwater fish (other than sports fish) exempt communities either wholly, partially, or conditionally, or in respect of any specified waters, from the operation of any such prohibition, restriction, or other condition in the notice.

(2)

Any Fish and Game Council may request the Director-General to issue a notice under subsection (1).

(2A)

Every person commits an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000 who contravenes any prohibitions, restrictions, or conditions imposed by a notice given in accordance with subsection (1).

(3)

Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Director-General shall not impose any prohibition, restriction, or other condition that relates to the taking of sports fish from any waters in any area within the jurisdiction of a Fish and Game Council without prior consultation with that Council, nor restrict entry to any area without prior consultation with the appropriate regional council or any government agency that has statutory control over the land involved.

Compare: 1983 No 14 s 70

Section 26ZL: inserted, on 10 April 1990, by section 17 of the Conservation Law Reform Act 1990 (1990 No 31).

Section 26ZL(1): amended, on 3 June 1998, by section 3(1) of the Conservation Amendment Act 1998 (1998 No 33).

Section 26ZL(1)(a): repealed, on 22 October 2019, by section 10 of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 55).

Section 26ZL(2): amended, on 15 November 2000, by section 3 of the Conservation Amendment Act 2000 (2000 No 56).

Section 26ZL(2A): inserted, on 3 June 1998, by section 3(2) of the Conservation Amendment Act 1998 (1998 No 33).

Section 26ZL(3): amended, on 13 March 1996, by section 25 of the Conservation Amendment Act 1996 (1996 No 1).