To be the leading Sport Fishing organisation promoting and providing education,
participation and pathways to sustainable marine fishing
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Inc (NZSFC), is a not for profit organisation originally founded in 1957 and incorporated on 3 March 1959. It was then named the New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council, changing to its current name in 2009. We currently have 56 affiliated member Clubs from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island. 54 are Incorporated and 2 are Unincorporated.
Over a million Kiwis go fishing annually. Whether it's children learning to fish from wharves and beaches, or family outings to catch and enjoy a feed of fish through to those who target game fish and test their skills in sport fishing, fishing is an integral part of New Zealand’s heritage, culture and outdoor recreation. Fishing is a social and recreational outdoor activity and New Zealand has world class fisheries with many thousands of tourists visiting to explore our waters.
NZSFC fills a variety of needs and supports the million or so New Zealanders that fish. A key role is to advocate for responsible and sustainable management of our marine environment to ensure future generations are able to enjoy the unique resource we have. The Council conducts education programs, commissions and funds fisheries research projects, and participates in fisheries management.
Our current President is Phil Appleyard who is based in Auckland. Should you wish to contact us with any comments or queries, please do so by e-mail
2017 Nationals Results The daily results for the 2017 Nationals competition can be found here.
New Zealand Sport Fishing introduces the Hiwi the Kiwi Goes Fishing programme to New Zealand's schoolchildren...read more> Kids registering go in a free monthly draw to win a Rod & Reel courtesy of Kilwell