Fisheries (Commercial Fishing) Regulations 2001

Reprint as at 1 October 2020

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Fisheries (Commercial Fishing) Regulations 2001

(SR 2001/253)

Silvia Cartwright, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 17th day of September 2001

Her 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 Ministry for Primary Industries.

Pursuant to section 297 of the Fisheries Act 1996, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.


4Certain other regulations prevail over these regulations
5Change of name of vessel
6Changes of information must be notified
7Certificate of registration, certificate of notification, and fishing permits must be produced
8Alteration and replacement of certificate of registration, certificate of notification, or fishing permit
9Name of vessel
10Marking of vessels with registration number
11Marking of vessels with international call sign
12Colour of letters and figures
13Letters and figures must be maintained
14Display of false or misleading letters or figures
15Alternative position for marking vessels
16Marking of tenders
17Reporting obligations
18Carriage and transfer of fishing equipment
19Transhipment of fish
21Boarding procedures
22Helicopter transfer
23Facilities for observers
24Areas closed to longliners
25Tagging of billfish caught by tuna longliners
26Application for approval for southern bluefin tuna longlining [Revoked]
27Conditions applying to skipjack tuna purse seiners
28Returns required in relation to skipjack tuna purse seining
29Conditions applying to squid jiggers
30Restrictions on taking marlin
31Minimum finfish length and net mesh size
32Size limits on shellfish
33Restrictions on opening shellfish
34Restrictions on taking oysters
35Restrictions on taking and possessing scallops
36Taking and possessing toheroa prohibited
37Size limit on rock lobster
38Method of measurement of spiny rock lobster tail
39Instruments used for measuring spiny rock lobster
40Method of measurement of packhorse rock lobster
41Taking, possessing, processing, and sale of certain rock lobsters prohibited
42Rock lobsters must be landed and processed alive
43Taking or possession of salmon prohibited
44Taking and possession of black coral prohibited
45Taking and possession of marine turtles prohibited
46Uninjured turtles must be immediately returned to waters from which taken
47Injured turtles
48Circulars relating to marine turtles
49Turtle catches must be reported [Revoked]
50Maximum legal weight for eels taken from New Zealand fisheries waters
51Minimum weight for eels taken from New Zealand fisheries waters
52Use of fyke nets to take eels in South Island fisheries waters [Revoked]
52ASale of live brown bullhead catfish prohibited
52BShark finning prohibited
52CCirculars relating to shark finning
52DMāui Dolphin habitat zone
52EFishing-related mortality limit for Hector’s or Māui Dolphin within Māui Dolphin habitat zone
53Labelling of containers
54Longlines, static fishing gear, and set nets
55Fyke nets
57Gear not associated with vessel must be marked
58Seabird scaring devices required for tuna longlining
58ACirculars may authorise or require seabird mitigation measures
58BResponsibility for compliance
58CResponsibilities of vessel operator or master in relation to seabird scaring devices [Revoked]
58DUse of drift nets prohibited
59Measurement of net mesh size
60Restrictions on nets in channels
61Stalling prohibited
62Use of poles or stakes
63Use of specified nets prohibited
64Use of net-sonde monitor cables prohibited
65Length of set net
66Set net soak time
67Length of drag net or beach seine net
68Method of hauling drag net or beach seine net
69Danish seine net restrictions
70Danish seining prohibited near South Island coast
71Trawl net restrictions
71AApproval of trawl nets
71BConsideration of application for approval
71CNotices relating to approval of trawl net
72Trawling by vessels over 46 m long prohibited in territorial sea
73Trawling prohibited in closed seamount areas
74Other methods of fishing prohibited [Revoked]
75Tubes must be incorporated in fyke nets
76Restrictions relating to underwater breathing apparatus
76AUnderwater breathing apparatus allowed when taking certain species
77Underwater breathing apparatus allowed in certain circumstances
78Shellfish dredge design and size
79Apertures required in rock lobster pots
79ARequirements for pots used for taking blue cod or octopus
80Use of spears prohibited
80AUse of wire traces and shark lines by commercial tuna and billfish fishers prohibited
81Declaration of authorised stocks [Revoked]
83Chief executive may waive or remit certain fees
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