From 1 July 2020, the following measures will apply to recreational fishers in the CRA 2 (Hauraki Gulf/Bay of Plenty) and CRA 5 (Canterbury/Marlborough) spiny rock lobster fisheries:
These measures are being brought in to support the rebuild of the CRA 2 fishery from low abundance, and to assist with minimising illegal take in both fisheries.
The measures are explained briefly below. For more information, visit
The telson is the central part of the tail fan on a rock lobster. Telson clipping is a way of marking spiny rock lobster to make it clear that they have been recreationally caught. One-third of the telson is cut off so that it is noticeably shorter than the other sections of the tail fan. This must be done to all legal lobsters that will be kept.
An accumulation limit is the maximum amount of rock lobster any one person can be in possession of at any one time, even if they have been fishing on multiple days.
Bag and tag conditions
Bag and tag conditions mean that recreational fishers must hold rock lobster in a container or bag that contains only a single day’s catch, and is clearly labelled with:
• the individual fisher’s name,
• the date the lobsters were taken, and
• the number of lobsters held.
Bag and tag conditions provide evidence that accumulated rock lobsters were taken within the daily bag limit of six lobsters over three days or more.
These measures will all apply from 1 July 2020. Thank you for fishing sustainably.
27 May 2020