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Maui's and Hector's dolphins regulations

East Coast South Island - Set Net Prohibition

Set netting is prohibited between Cape Jackson in the Marlborough Sounds and Slope Point in the Catlins ─ offshore to four nautical miles.

East Coast South Island Map.

Set netting is prohibited in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary, in Lyttelton Harbour, Akaroa Harbour and the bays around Banks Peninsula, and in Timaru Harbour.

With these variations:

  • There is an exemption to the set net prohibition defined area on the East Coast of the South Island (refer to map below) subject to the following restrictions:
    • Recreational set net fishing is restricted to between 3 January and 30 April each year.
    • recreational fishers must stay with their nets at all times once the net is set; and
    • recreational fisheries must not set nets more than 200 meters from shore.
  • Kaikoura Canyon – for commercial fishers around the Kaikoura Canyon, set netting is banned offshore only to about one nautical mile
  • Flatfish areas – for commercial and recreational fishers, set netting for flatfish is allowed between 1 April and 30 September in a designated area of inner Queen Charlotte Sound, and around Banks Peninsula in designated areas of inner Lyttelton Harbour, inner Akaroa Harbour, inner Port Levy and inner Pigeon Bay – provided fishers use specified flatfish nets (except for commercial fishers in the Queen Charlotte Sound who are already restricted to bait nets)

Flatfish nets must be no more than 9 meshes deep, the monofilament diameter must be no more than 0.35 mm, the mesh size must be no less than 100mm, and the net must be anchored at each end, and must not exceed a total length of 60 metres.


  • Needles Point to Cape Campbell
    41 52.37S 174 09.82E
    41 52. 37S 174 09.98E
    41 43.55S 174 16.57E
    41 43.43S 174 16.57E
  • Rarangi to Oyster Bay
    41 23.49S 174 03.07E
    41 23.49S 174 03.25E
    41 14.68S 174 14.78E
    41 4.55S 174 14.78E 
  • Fighting Bay fishing prohibited area.
    41 20.197S 174 10.609E
    41 18.407S 174 14.289E 
  • Deep Bay to Cooper Point
    41 13.75S 174 15.51E
    41 13.75S 174 15.67E
    41 07.07S 174 18.95E
    41 06.95S 174 18.95E 
  • Little Waikawa Bay to Cape Jackson
    41 04.14S 174 16.29E
    41 04.14S 174 16.47E
    40 59.70S 174 18.80E
    40 59.50S 174 18.80E

    (WGS 1984
The maps are intended to be used as a guide only, in conjunction with other data sources and methods, and should only be used for the purpose for which it was developed. Although the information on these maps has been prepared with care and in good faith, no guarantee is given that the information is complete, accurate or up-to-date. All coordinates are provided in WGS84 decimal minutes. Cape Jackson Light Map. Queen Charlotte Sound Map. Wairau River Maps. Clarence Point Map. Waiau River Map. Hurunui River Map. Ashley River Map. Waimakariri River Map. Waitaki River Map. Shag River Map. Pleasant River Map. Waikouaiti River Map. Taieri River Map. Caitlins Lake Map. Banks Peninsula Map. Otago Peninsula Map. Fleming River to Slope Point Map.

The new prohibitions do not apply to harbours and estuaries (unless specified), nor to rivers, lakes, inlets and lagoons – subject to any other fisheries restrictions, you can use set nets in these areas inside a straight line joining the natural entrance points of the waterway. The regulations define these points in some cases because they are not always clear.

This information is only a guide to the new set net prohibition on the east coast. There are other set net prohibitions and restrictions in the Challenger Fishery Management Area and the Southern (South-East) Fishery Management Area – including a new prohibition to protect Hector’s dolphins on the west coast of the South Island. You must check for set net prohibitions and restrictions in the area where you plan to fish – before you go fishing. Check the Recreational section or call your nearest Ministry for Primary Industries office. You can also purchase fisheries regulations at most bookshops: these are also available online:

Fisheries (Challenger Area Amateur Fishing Regulations) 1986
Fisheries (Challenger Area Commercial Fishing Regulations) 1986
Fisheries (South-East Area Amateur Fishing) Regulations 1986
Fisheries (South-East Area Commercial Fishing) Regulations 1986.

Banks Peninsula Map

Banks Peninsula Map.

Otago Peninsula Map

Otago Peninsula Map.

Fleming River to Slope Point Map

Fleming to Slope Point Map.

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