Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983

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  • This version was replaced on 19 July 2018 to make corrections to regulations 2(1) and 75 under section 25(1)(e) and (j)(iii) and (iv) of the Legislation Act 2012.

Reprint as at 19 May 2016

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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 subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

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.


1Title and commencement
2ASports fish defined for the purposes of Act
3Application of regulations
4Classes and forms of licences
4ASpecial licences
5Form of licences [Revoked]
6Area of availability of licences [Revoked]
6ATourist fishing licences [Revoked]
7Term of licences [Revoked]
8Issue of licences
9Restrictions on issue of licences
10Application for licences
11Verification of licences
12Licences not transferrable
13Cancellation of licences
14Licence fees
14AFees exclusive of goods and services tax [Revoked]
15Reduction or waiver of fees
16Expenditure of licence fees
17Payments to Consolidated Account [Revoked]
18Payments to Island Councils [Revoked]
19No right of entry on land
20Obligation of anglers to give name and address and to produce licence or identification
21Restriction on taking fish from or near fish traps
22No unauthorised marking of sports fish
23Notifying details of marked fish taken
24Register for sports fish
25Details to be attached to sports fish
26No gifts of sports fish
27Maximum weight of sports fish
28No unauthorised canning of sports fish
29No payment for canning sports fish
30No sale of canned sports fish
31No trading of sports fish for canned sports fish
32Marking cans of sports fish
33No interference with marked cans of sports fish
34No false marking of canned sports fish
35Marking cans before parting with them
36No fishing while holding unmarked cans
37Maximum weight of canned sports fish
38Maximum daily quantity for transport of canned sports fish
39Possession of canned sports fish
40No canned sports fish in public eating house
42Culverts and fords
43Dams and diversion structures
44Requirement for a fish facility
45Adequate water
46Required maintenance or repair
49Inspection of fish facilities
50Protection of fish
51Authority required for use of electric fishing machines
52Operation of electric fishing machines [Revoked]
53Authorised use of electric fishing machines [Revoked]
54Certificates of approval of electric fishing machines [Revoked]
55Marking of electric fishing machines [Revoked]
56Certificates to be carried and produced [Revoked]
57Amendment, etc, of certificates [Revoked]
57AFishing competitions require approval of Fish and Game Council
57CMatters to be considered by Council
57DPowers of Council
57EHolders to comply with provisions of approval
58Authorised introduction of indigenous or exotic species
59Restricted authority to liberate fish or ova
60General authority to liberate fish or ova
61Restricted authority to introduce indigenous or exotic fish or ova
62Transfer of sports fish
63Transfer of live aquatic life
64No unauthorised catching or keeping of certain fish
65Control of noxious fish
66No fish refuse on banks
67Possession of mounted specimens
67ALicences to harvest fish
67BRecreational fishing
67CContainment areas to be established
68Faunistic reserves
69No taking of grayling
70No killing of indigenous fish
71Taking of indigenous fish
72Offences and penalties
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