Review of blue cod fishing regulations

Closing Date:
Contact: Inshore fisheries management

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking your feedback on the following proposed changes:

  1. require all fishers to have a minimum cod pot mesh size of 54mm
  2. standardise the Minimum Legal Size (MLS) for recreational fishing at 33cm
  3. require all recreational fishers to land blue cod in a measurable state
  4. set a two-day accumulation limit for recreational fishing
  5. change the recreational daily bag limits for some blue cod stocks, according to a ‘traffic light’ system.

Note: In all cases, we are also consulting on retaining the status quo as an option (that is, there may be no change to these regulations).

The consultation will run from 29 January until 5pm on 26 March 2019.

Background to proposals

The proposed changes are one outcome of the National Blue Cod Strategy, a guiding document to manage blue cod in New Zealand released in late 2018. Other initiatives outlined in the strategy include:

  • an integrated education and research programme
  • reviews of the total allowable catch, total allowable commercial catch, and allowances for key blue cod stocks later this year.

The changes are designed to ensure that areas that have been depleted by localised overfishing are rebuilt. In the Challenger East Area (including Marlborough Sounds), most of these measures (including a daily bag limit of 2) have been in place since December 2015 to ensure the ongoing sustainable utilisation of the fishery.

Meetings will be held during the consultation

Fisheries New Zealand is available to meet with fishing clubs and other groups during the period of consultation to discuss the proposals and seek feedback. Email your request to

Consultation document

Proposed changes to the blue cod fishing regulations [PDF, 705 KB]

If you can’t open the document or would like printed copies, email

Related documents

Making your submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 26 March 2019. You can use our submission form template, complete an online survey, or email or post us your submission.  

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

Inshore Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO BOX 2526
Wellington 6140.

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document (if using email, put the title in the subject line)
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation or a company).

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes 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 good reasons for withholding them.  That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. 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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