Fisheries Infosite

Region - Kermadec (FMA10)

Key statistics
Recreational significance Low
Customary significance Low
Environmental importance High
Reported commercial catch1 (tonnes)
Quota value estimate2 (NZ$m)
Exports estimate2 (NZ$m)
1 Reported commercial catch is calculated for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025
2 Quota value and exports are calculated pro-rata to reported commercial catch for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025
Regional characteristics
Area 620,000 km2
Coastline 60 kms
Productivity Low
Climate Tropical
Total population2
Tangata Whenua2
Recreational fishers (est. 20%)
2 Census 2006
Local fisheries

The Kermadec Islands are the tops of huge volcanoes that rise through deep waters on the edge of the tropics.

Their shallow inshore reef communities are characterised by a mix of endemic, tropical, subtropical and temperate species.

These areas are protected by New Zealand’s largest marine reserve - which covers all of the Territorial Seas around the Kermadec Islands.

The remainder of Fisheries Management Area 10 is protected by a Benthic Protection Area that prohibits all dredging and bottom trawling. This area covers about 16 percent of New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone and contains many seamounts and hydrothermal vents.

The whole area is washed by waters of the subtropical Tasman Front.

Iconic species

Image drawing for Bluenose (BNS)
Species photo for alfonsino.jpg