The Oceans and Fisheries Minister has announced new rules for daily limits on finfish following an incident last year on the Coromandel where thousands of pink maomao were hauled in by fishermen. Minister David Parker says the rules for daily limits on recreationally caught finfish will now include species that previously had no limit. Last June, documentary maker Mike Bhana filmed a group of fishermen returning from nearby coastal fisheries with what he estimated as bins of 1500-2000 pink maomao fish. Pink maomao is one of over 1,000 finfish species found in New Zealand. But only 43 species were subject to a daily recreational fishing limit until now. Now all finfish species will be included in the combined daily bag limit for finfish.
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