Fisheries (Amateur Fishing) Regulations 1986

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Fisheries (Amateur Fishing) Regulations 1986

(SR 1986/221)

Paul Reeves, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 2nd day of September 1986

The Right Hon G W R Palmer presiding 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 Ministry for Primary Industries.

Pursuant to section 89 of 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 Application

3 Interpretation

4 Conflict between these regulations and other regulations

5 Measurement of net mesh size

6 Minimum net mesh size and species length

6A Maximum daily number of eels

7 Marking of nets

8 Hauling of nets

9 Restrictions on nets in channels

10 Stalling prohibited

11 Use of poles or stakes

12 Set nets

13 Drag nets

14 Fyke nets and hinaki traps

15 Line fishing

15A Marking of pots

15B Person and vessel limits on number of pots

16 Live brown bullhead catfish

17 Quinnat salmon fishing

18 Prohibition on possession of fish in conjunction with unlawful nets, traps, or lines


19 Daily allowance of shellfish

19A Daily allowance for dredge oysters or scallops when diving if safety person on board vessel

19B Accumulation limit for paua

20 Shellfish to be measurable

21 Use of underwater breathing apparatus prohibited for taking paua

22 Taking, possessing, or disturbing toheroa

23 Oysters

24 Scallops

25 Rock lobster

25A Undersize rock lobster

25B Apertures to be incorporated in rock lobster pots

25BA Prohibited use of specified loops to take rock lobster

25C Octopus pots

Black coral

26 Black coral


26A Registration of amateur-fishing charter vessel operator

26B Reporting obligations of amateur-fishing charter vessel operator

27 Fish taken for approved traditional non-commercial fishing use

27A Regulations do not apply to fish, aquatic life, or seaweed taken under authorisation for hui or tangi

28 Returning of unlawfully taken fish

28A Regulations do not apply to use of landing net

29 Offences and penalties

30 Revocations

Form for authorisation to take fish, aquatic life, or seaweed

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