The Government has embarked on an operational review of New Zealand's fisheries management, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced today.

Speaking to 250 delegates at the Seafood New Zealand annual conference in Wellington, Guy said it could result in changes to management and regulations and to the Fisheries Act.

"It's high-level, we won't be getting into the detail of bag limits and quotas."

He said the first step was to make contact with stakeholders over the next few weeks.

The review was aimed at strengthening, not replacing the internationally-recognised Quota Management System and strengthening public confidence in sustainable fisheries.

"We don't want to rest on our laurels," Guy said.