Status of the fisheries resources
New Zealand's fisheries management system is working well and respected internationally.
Studies continue to show that New Zealand is a world leader in fisheries management.1
Our fisheries management system is considered world-leading and scientific assessments show that overall our fisheries are sustainable.
The key building blocks of New Zealand’s fisheries management are the Quota Management System (QMS) and the Fisheries Act 1996. The Act provides for the utilisation of fisheries resources while ensuring sustainability.
Stock status and sustainability
- Status of New Zealand fisheries overview [PDF, 2.4 MB]
- The status of New Zealand Fisheries 2016
- Table of stock status for each fish stock 2016
- Map of the Exclusive Economic Zone
- Map of commercial effort – all methods
- Map of commercial effort – trawl
- Map of customary fisheries management areas
- Map of recreational fishing (amateur and charter fishing vessels)
- Map of marine protected areas
- Commercial fishing
The Department of Conservation (DOC) administers the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983, which has provisions relating to indigenous fish, noxious fish, and waterways. The licensing system for freshwater sports fishing is managed by Fish and Game councils.
- Learn more about MPI fishery protection activities
- Fisheries and their ecosystems
- Benthic Protection Areas (BPAs)
- Marine protected areas
Find out more
1 Worm, B., Hilborn, R., et al. (2009). Rebuilding Global Fisheries. Science, 325 (5940):578–585.
Alder, J., Cullis-Suzuki, S., et al (2010). Aggregate Performance in Managing Marine Ecoysystems of 53 Maritime Countries. Marine Policy, 34 (3): 468–476.
Pramod, G. (2011). Evaluations of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance in Marine Fisheries of 41 countries, MCS Case Studies Report, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia.