Waitawa offers a range of fishing opportunities from the Waitawa Wharf, beaches and rocky headlands and is within the Auckland and Kermadec Fishery Management Area, or Auckland and Kermadec region.
Specific regional rules apply to all fishers in this area. All recreational fishers must stick to the legal regional catch limits for finfish, crayfish and shellfish, and can face penalties for overfishing.
Fishing and collecting seafood are among New Zealand's most popular recreational activities and important parts of our way of life.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for setting and enforcing recreational fishing rules. These rules keep New Zealand’s fisheries sustainable, ensuring they can be enjoyed by future generations.
Recreational fishing rules cover:
bag and catch limits
potting and netting methods
restricted and closed areas.
The rules are set by region and apply to all fishers in all areas of New Zealand waters. If you’re going fishing, the rules affect you.
The rules can, and do, change so it’s important you check them every time before you head out.
Snapper Fishing Rules change 1 April 2014
From April 1 2014 the fishing rules for the Snapper 1 region are changing. The Snapper 1 Region covers the East Coast of the North Island from East Cape to Cape Runaway, out to a distance of 200 nautical miles.
The snapper bag limit is changing to 7 and the legal minimum size is changing to 30cm.
No other bag and size limits are affected.
Find out more about legal requirements and penalties and restrictions.