Commercial and recreational set net and trawl restrictions are in force in the Taranaki area, from Taranaki's northern boundary to Hāwera, to protect Māui dolphins. Set net bans extend at least 2 nautical miles offshore, and in some places 7 nautical miles.
For a map and more details on Taranaki and West Coast North Island fishing restrictions see current protection measures for Māui dolphins.
This 1,800 ha marine reserve encloses a typical slice of the north Taranaki coastline, as well as the possibly unique sponge gardens of Pariokariwa reef. The diversity of species encrusting the reef is amongst the highest recorded anywhere in New Zealand and ranks highly internationally.