Fishing is one of the most popular recreational activities to take place in Fiordland. Every year growing number of fishers is visiting Fiordland to experience and enjoy the unique fishing and diving opportunities available. However, the unique environment of Fiordland means that unchecked, fishing pressure can lead to localised depletion. This is because the fishery habitat within the fiords is unproductive and some species suffer from poor recruitment creating a situation where fishing harvest must be carefully managed.
The new management regime in place in Fiordland encourages recreational fishers to take greater responsibility to help conserve both these valuable fisheries and the unique marine environment.
Recreational fishers are asked to adopt the following sensible fishing practices:
For more information about the restrictions on recreational fishing activity in Fiordland (including brochure requests) please contact:
Ministry for Primary Industries, Invercargill
137 Spey Street,
Ph (03) 211-0060
Call free 0800 4 RULES (0800 478 537) for information on fishing rules, or www.fish.govt.nz
Call free 0800 4 POACHER (0800 476 224) to report illegal fishing
Photograph courtesy of Paul Peychers.