Introduction

The recreational fishing rules for the Kaikōura Marine Area have changed. Take a look at a summary of the changes.

The recreational fishing rules for the Kaikōura Marine Area have changed.

Below is a summary of the changes. Visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website for further information about these new recreational fishing rules.

Finfish

SpeciesMaximum daily limit per fisherMinimum length (cm)
Blue cod 6 33
Tarakihi 10 25
Sea perch 20 26
Kahawai 10 No limit
Butterfish 10 35
Red moki NO TAKE
Blue moki 10 40
Rig 3 No limit
School shark 3 No limit
Kingfish Daily combined bag limit of five per person with a maximum of 3 of any one species 75
Bass and hapuku No limit
Bluenose No limit
Ling No limit
Albacore tuna No limit
Game sharks (seven-gilled shark, mako shark, blue shark, hammerhead shark, porbeagle shark, thresher shark 1 game shark total No limit

Shellfish

SpeciesMaximum daily limit per fisherMinimum length (mm)
Ordinary paua 6 125
Yellow foot paua 6 80
Pupu (cat's eye) 20 No limit
Cockles 50 No limit
Kina 20 No limit
All "other shellfish" as specified in the regulations 30 No limit

Seaweed

SpeciesMaximum daily limit per fisherRestriction
Karengo 5 litre wet volume measured in a 5 litre bucket Require hand gathering
Bladder kelp 5 litre wet volume measured in a 5 litre bucket Require hand gathering

Rock lobster

SpeciesMaximum daily limit per fisherRestriction
Rock lobster 6

Size limits remain unchanged. Telson clipping now required for spiny rock lobster (see below).

Accumulation limit of 18 (3 day take) for spiny rock lobster

The 'telson clipping' rule

The telson is the central part of the tail fan on a rock lobster.

Telson clipping is a way of marking spiny rock lobster to make it clear that they have been recreationally caught. One-third of the telson is cut off so that it is noticeably shorter than the other sections of the tail fan.

Under the new rules, once a fisher has checked that a lobster is legal size, condition and not subject to any other protections (i.e. carrying eggs) they must immediately cut one-third off the telson.

A person must not possess any spiny rock lobster taken from within the Kaikōura Marine Area if it has not had one-third of the telson cut off.

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Kaikōura
114 Beach Road, Kaikoura
+64 3 319 6570

Christchurch
69 Nazareth Ave, Christchurch
+64 3 339 3662

Blenheim
State Highway 1, Main Rd, Blenheim
+64 3 579 1088

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