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Fish Handling Guide

MPI-Fish Handling Guide

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Fish Handling Guide

These are free, But we place a Limit of 1 Per Customer Per Order So that we don't get prematurely run out of these.
If you require these in quantity, then please contact your Local MPI Office, and they will help you out.

Releasing undersized fish
Legal size limits are set to allow species to breed at least once before being caught and taken home.
If you catch undersize fish, release them with care and return them as close as possible to the place they were found, especially shellfish and rock lobster.
If you catch undersize fish:
remove fish from the water only if necessary
minimise the time fish are out of the water
handle fish with wet hands
lie fish on a soft wet surface if you need to handle them out of the water
change to a larger hook size if you are catching a lot of undersized fish
remove the hook carefully from a lip-hooked fish
cut the line for a gut-hooked fish
return fish gently to the sea.
Find out more
Download the Fish Handling Guide [PDF, 930 KB]


qr code fishing regs-593SCAN THE QR CODE TO LEFT TO GET THE PHONE APP OF NZ FISHING REGULATIONS AND RULES
the app gives you all the latest in recreational fishing rules and regulations wherever in New Zealand you are fishing
the App works even when you have no coverage.
It is also handy for fish identification as it has photo's of most species.
If you don't have a QR Scanner on your phone go to: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/fishing/fishing-rules/get-fishing-rules/ for download instructions for iPhone or android.

Get the app for your mobile phone
Get fish species information on-the-go with the NZ fishing rules app. The app:
helps you to identify recreational fish species
displays useful information, like the minimum legal size and area bag limits
contains short useful videos, like how to release undersize fish correctly and how to measure and determine the sex of crayfish.

Free text 9889 for specific information
Get size restrictions and bag limits for fish species sent directly to your mobile cell phone.
Free text the name of the fish species (for example, blue cod) to 9889.
We’ll reply with the size restriction information instantly for free.
If you need to know the limit, reply with 'limit' and we'll send you that too.

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Fish Handling Guide, catch and release, safe ways to release fish, handling fish,

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