whitebait fishing regulations

Whitebait Fishing Regulations and Compliance

The Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish Act) 2019 has now been passed. The important consequence for whitebaiters is that when put into practice authorization will be required to whitebait on public land managed by DOC. General authorisation for whole rivers will be possible.

For whitebait fishing regulations on the West Coast, see:

Whitebait Fishing West Coast Regulations 1994

Whitebait Fishing West Coast Amendment Regulations 2000


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West Coast Regional Council: Information on Stand Compliance, Consents, Transfers, and Stand Maps.

Area after-hours contact numbers


Martin Able
Office: (03) 788 8008
After hours: (03) 789 9833


Brad Edwards
Office: (03) 768 0427
After hours: (03) 755 6673


Shane Cross
Office: (03) 768 0427
After hours: (03) 755 6673

Franz Josef:

Jim Livingston
Office: (03) 752 0797
After hours: (03) 753 4298

South Westland area:

Gary Scott
Phone: (03) 751 0807

whitebait fishing regulations