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Set net fishing controls

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Restrictions under the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw

We may prohibit or restrict recreational activities like set netting under the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw. We do this to ensure public safety of other beach users, swimmers and kayakers.

​Set netting bans by location

Arkles Bay and Little Omaha Bay (Omaha beach) seasonal ban

Set netting is banned from the beginning of Labour Day weekend to the end of Easter annually.

The prohibited area extends 200m offshore.

Te Haruhi and Army Bay beaches in Shakespear Regional Park seasonal ban

At Te Haruhi and Army Bay beaches in Shakespear Regional Park, set netting is banned from 20 December to 31 March annually.

The prohibited area extends 200m offshore.

Set netting is still allowed at Okoromai Bay in Shakespear Regional Park.

When set netting is permitted

Set netting within seasonal controls is permitted, providing:

Staking of nets and using baited nets is prohibited.

When we take action

Set netters must not breach the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaws by obstructing the beach.

We will take action if set netting:

  • is undertaken in an aggressive or intimidating manner
  • creates a physical obstruction on the beach
  • presents immediate danger to public safety
  • involves the use of vehicles on the beach not associated with the deployment or retrieval of a boat.

If such a breach is reported, an on-call bylaws officer will attend within three hours.

Contact us for more information.

Management of fisheries and protection of wildlife

The management of fisheries and protection of wildlife is the responsibility of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

They are responsible for enforcing the Auckland and Kermadec Recreational Fishing Rules, which include set net code of practice and rules for the use of crab pots.