Important Information – Digital Monitoring is Coming!

The Ministry for Primary Industries is introducing digital monitoring of commercial fishing. This is a major change for all permit holders and skippers, and will mean you need to change the way you currently submit your Catch Effort Data to FishServe, alongside some other significant changes.  

Latest Information from MPI:

The Ministry for Primary Industries is introducing digital monitoring of commercial fishing. This is a major change for all permit holders and skippers. It is vital that you take the time to understand this information to ensure you can meet the new requirements.

MPI sent an email to all permit holders on the 13th of July with information regarding these changes to digital monitoring.

Digital monitoring is made up of three parts – Geospatial Position Reporting (GPR), catch and effort reporting via e-logbooks, and cameras.

  • GPR and e-logbook reporting will be regulated from 1 October this year.
  • Trawl vessels 28m and over will be required to use these systems from that date.
  • All other permit holders will have 6 months to start using an e-logbook for reporting, and have a GPR system in place. All permit holders must use these systems for all trips or activity starting on or after 1 April 2018.
  • There are no exceptions to these requirements.
  • Permit holders will choose and purchase these systems themselves from independent suppliers. Once these systems are available for purchase MPI will provide further information.
  • FishServe will be providing information to permit holders on the e-logbook systems available from September.
  • The final technical requirements for digital monitoring have not been set. MPI recommends waiting to purchase systems until they are. Take the time to understand what is required under the new rules, so that you can purchase the correct system once they are available.

e-logbooks

  • Reports submitted from e-logbooks will be accepted by FishServe from 1 October 2017.
  • Paper reporting will not be accepted for any trip or activity beginning on, or after 1 April 2018.
  • What you must report will also be changing. Further information about this will be provided to industry once the final changes are decided.

Cameras

  • Cameras will be phased in across the industry from 1 October 2018.
  • Cameras will not be required on vessels used solely by fishers hand-gathering.
  • Cameras will not be required for tenders used in purse-seining.
  • Cameras will not be required for land-based operations conducted without vessels, such as eeling.
  • Cameras will not be required on vessels solely supporting divers.

Costs

  • Permit holders will choose and pay for the systems of their choice.
  • GPR systems are expected to cost between $1,000 and $2,000 per vessel, and up to $1,000 per year to operate.
  • Cameras are expected to cost between $5,000 and $18,000 per vessel, depending on size and function, and up to $2,000 per year to operate.
  • Permit holders will be responsible for installing the systems on their vessels.
  • Permit holders will be responsible for the cost of transmitting their catch reporting to FishServe (This cost may be incorporated into the e-logbook systems that are available).
  • Individual permit holders will not pay for the cost of GPR transmissions.

Consultation

  • Circulars – the legal mechanism that sets out the standards and specifications for the three components of digital monitoring – are being consulted on over the next month, and we would appreciate your feedback. We will be in touch about this soon.

This information is in the pdfs below and is also available on the MPI website: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/law-and-policy/legal-overviews/fisheries/future-of-our-fisheries/digital-monitoring-of-commercial-fishing/

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact MPI at: fisheries@mpi.govt.nz

Information to Permit Holders from MPI

FishServe support:

FishServe is currently working alongside technology providers of both electronic reporting tools and GPR devices to ensure they will meet the new regulations. We will keep you updated on this, in our upcoming newsletters. Any questions, please just contact our friendly team on (04) 460 9555 and they will be happy to help.

Attention Cedric users!

If you currently use Cedric, we are working on updating Cedric so it meets these new requirements, we will keep you informed of our progress.