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> Guidelines For Rocklobster
Guidelines For Rocklobster
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Guidelines For Gathering Rocklobster
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.
New Zealand rock lobsters (crayfish) are found around the coast of New Zealand and offshore islands. Learn more about how to catch rock lobster, including rules and guidelines to help keep rock lobster populations sustainable for future generations.
The 2 most popular species of rock lobster are the red or spiny rock lobster and the packhorse rock lobster. Both are regularly fished by commercial, recreational, and customary fishers.
Daily catch limit of 6
A maximum of 6 rock lobsters per fisher can be taken on any one day.
You must also check for local restrictions and rules in your area.
Check the fishing rules for your region
Legal size limit
Legal size limits are set to allow rock lobsters to reach maturity and breed before becoming large enough to harvest. You can only catch:
male red rock lobster with a tail width of at least 54 mm
female red rock lobster with a tail width of at least 60 mm
packhorse rock lobster (either sex) with a tail length of at least 216 mm.
Some rock lobster are protected
Some types of rock lobster are protected and must be immediately returned to the water. They are:
undersized rock lobster
any female rock lobster carrying external eggs (these are carried between the pleopods on the underside of the tail)
any rock lobster in the soft shell stage
any rock lobster that cannot be measured (for example, because of damage to the tail preventing accurate measurement).
Use sustainable practices
To protect the sustainability of New Zealand rock lobsters:
immediately return any protected rock lobster with care
keep within the size and bag limits
avoid grasping rock lobster by their legs or antennae
never remove external eggs or the egg-bearing appendages from any rock lobster
quickly measure rock lobsters, as they go blind in sunlight
never leave pots baited and unattended for more than 24 hours
never use any spear or device that could puncture rock lobster shells.
Report suspicious or illegal activity
Part of MPI's responsibility is to protect local fisheries and stop illegal activities, like poaching. To do this, MPI requires the support and help of local communities to report any signs of illegal fishing in their area.
If you suspect or see people take more than their daily limit or undersized fish, please report the incident to your nearest MPI office or
call 0800 47 62 24
Any information provided will be completely confidential.
Find out more
Getting to grips with handling and measuring lobster
[PDF, 2.2 MB]
Information on daily catch and legal size limits, measurement instructions, potting limits, methods and restrictions, and guidelines for handling rock lobsters.
WATCH: A Guide to Crayfish
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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:
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.
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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.
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If you need to know the limit, reply with 'limit' and we'll send you that too.
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