Application for exemption from rock lobster quota aggregation limits

Closing Date:
Contact: Fisheries management team

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback from persons or organisations having an interest in rock lobster quota aggregation limit exemption applications received for 2 fisheries:

  • CRA 1 (Northland)
  • CRA 3 (Gisborne). 

Consultation on these applications will run for 5 weeks from 10 January until 17 February 2020.

About the applications

Under the Fisheries Act 1996, no person can own more than 10,000,000 (10 million) quota shares (10%) for any one rock lobster quota management area. This is referred to as an aggregation limit. Section 60 of the Fisheries Act 1996 makes the provision for the Minister of Fisheries to consent to persons holding quota in excess of such aggregation limits, following consultation.

Fisheries New Zealand has received 2 applications for exemptions from rock lobster quota aggregation limits:

  • Gisborne Fisheries Limited has applied to hold rock lobster quota in excess of aggregation limits up to 20,596,637 quota shares (20.6%) in the CRA 3 fishery.
  • Lee Fish Limited has applied to hold rock lobster quota in excess of aggregation limits up to 20,000,000 quota shares (20%) in the CRA 1 fishery.

Applications for exemptions

Note, the Lee Fish application refers to Leigh Fisheries Ltd. For the purpose of this application, any mention of Leigh Fisheries Ltd is to be interpreted as Lee Fish Ltd.

Gisborne Fisheries’ application [PDF, 195 KB]

Lee Fish’s application [PDF, 1.4 MB]

If you can't open the documents or would like printed copies, email

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the proposed changes requested in the applications by 5pm on 17 February 2020.

For your convenience, you can download a submission form in Word or PDF. You are not required to use these forms.

Submission form (Word) [DOCX, 73 KB]

Submission form (PDF) [PDF, 136 KB]

Email all submissions to

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Rock Lobster Aggregation Limit Exemptions 2020
Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
P O Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

What to include

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • which rock lobster aggregation limit exemption application you are submitting on
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation or a company)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

Submissions are public information

Submissions made become public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in any submissions you have made. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it. 


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