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Source: Ministry for Primary Industries

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is reviewing the mandatory return of all commercially caught red cod smaller than the minimum legal size (MLS) to the sea, against the new exception rules and provisions that have been set in the Fisheries Act 1996. Fisheries New Zealand is proposing the removal of this exception, which would require commercial fishers to land all red cod that they catch.

We’d like your feedback on this proposal. Consultation is open from 31 May to 12 July 2023.

Consultation document

Commercial Landing Exception Review for Red cod [PDF, 529 KB] 

Related documents

Commercial Landing Exception Review: Operational guidelines [PDF, 417 KB] 

Making your submission

Email your feedback on by 5pm on 12 July 2023 to

A template is available to help you complete your submission. It includes questions you can answer as a prompt.

Submission template [DOCX, 88 KB]

While we prefer email, you can post written submissions to:

Fisheries management – National direction

Fisheries New Zealand
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • your name and title
  • your organisation’s name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

Submissions are public information

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Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation