Farmers are happy to have more time, but a freshwater scientist says the changes aren't strict enough.
"I'd probably give it an eight out of 10," one farmer told Newshub.
The Auckland mayor says the city will have to look at new options.
The Government has earmarked $700 million to help the primary sector and other groups implement the new rules.
The new plan requires all fishing vessels at risk of accidentally catching seabirds to have a risk management plan in place for protected species.
The consultation period runs for six weeks.
They are one of the world's rarest wading birds.
It might sound like a nightmare but Emma Dunning had the experience of a lifetime.
It is estimated there are only around 60 of the endangered dolphins left in the world.