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Regulation Review

Amateur Fishing Regulations Review

Ministry of Fisheries


Review Decision

The Minister has agreed with many of the submissions to the regulation review to allow for up to two extra bag limits of scallops or dredge oysters for those acting as safety people on board while another is diving. The decision by the Minister, Jim Anderton, is linked to below along with the Ministry of Fisheries Final Advice Paper.

Regulation Review

The Ministry of Fisheries is currently undertaking a review of some aspects of the Amateur Fishing Regulations. The review concerns the amateur daily bag limit of scallops taken from the Coromadel area, the primary taker regime, counting and measuring scallops at the first opportunity, catch methods for crayfish, possession of mussels and paua with UBA and the shucking of scallops at sea.

The Initial Position Paper (IPP) that includes the proposals for these regulations was released on 8th July 2005.


Submissions on the proposals can be sent to:

Amateur Fishing Regulations Amendments

Ministry of Fisheries

PO Box 19747



Email: Sarah.Omundsen@fish.govt.nz .

Deadline for Submissions

The original deadline for submissions was 5 August 2005. On 25th July we received notice from the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) the deadline has now been extended. New deadline is 5pm Wednesday 10th August 2005. Submission deadline is now closed.

option4 Submission

option4 submitted on the proposals from MFish. This submission is available to be read at the links below. Please register here if you are not on our email list and want to receive our Updates and Alerts so you can stay informed and have your input into the process.


To achieve a good level of understanding of complex fisheries management scenarios we believe it is important to read the information in chronological order so you can follow the process.

Regulation Review
Ministers Decision

Press Release

The announcement that the Coromandel scallop daily bag limit will stay at 20 will not please everyone but the ability to collect up to two extra bag limits for those acting as safety people is welcome.

9 Dec 05

Jim Anderton's decision letter for the regulations under review. The issue of counting and measuring scallops on the seabed has not been resolved but MFish will be developing a code of practice to clarify matters.
9 Dec 05
Complete text in a PDF document (390Kb)........ here » »
The Minister has deferred making any changes to the regulations. These decisions will be made by the incoming Minister of Fisheries in a new government.

30 Sep 05

option4's submission supporting most of the Ministry's proposals. We also have some general comments to make regarding the purpose of the regulations and what they are trying to achieve.

10 Aug 05

Complete text in a PDF document (30Kb)........ here » »

Final Advice Paper

The Ministry's Final Advice Paper to the new Minister of Fisheries on the series of regulations under review during 2005.

9 Sep 05
Complete text in a PDF document (495Kb)........ here » »

Deadline Extension

MFish advise the deadline for submissions has been extended to 10th August 2005.

25 Jul 05
Complete text in a PDF document (20Kb)........ here » »


The proposals from the Ministry of Fisheries including the review of the amateur daily bag limit for scallops.

8 Jul 05

Complete text in a PDF document (180Kb)........ here » »

Cover Letter to Stakeholders

Letter sent to stakeholders advising of the Initial Position Paper (IPP) including the scallop review.

8 Jul 05

Complete text in a PDF document (20Kb)........ here » »


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