From the 1st of December 2021, you will need to use updated codes in some of your electronic reporting. This follows changes to the electronic reporting circulars.

These codes include:

Please note: These codes are available in the circulars.


Species Codes

You must report flatfish at a species level in your electronic reports.

Below you will find a list of accepted codes for the 8 species of QMS flatfish.

Please note: These codes only apply to your electronic reports. Flatfish (FLA) can be reported at a group level in your Monthly Harvest Returns (MHRs) only.

Common NameSpecies CodeFMAFishstock Code
Black Flounder BFL 1, 9 BFL1
2, 8 BFL2
3, 4, 5, 6 BFL3
7 BFL7
10 BFL10
Brill BRI 1, 9 BRI1
2, 8 BRI2
3, 4, 5, 6 BRI3
7 BRI7
10 BRI10
Greenback Flounder GFL 1, 9 GFL1
2, 8 GFL2
3, 4, 5, 6 GFL3
7 GFL7
10 GFL10
Lemon Sole LSO 1, 9 LSO1
2, 8 LSO2
3, 4, 5, 6 LSO3
7 LSO7
10 LSO10
NZ Sole ESO 1, 9 ESO1
2, 8 ESO2
3, 4, 5, 6 ESO3
7 ESO7
10 ESO10
Sand Flounder SFL 1, 9 SFL1
2, 8 SFL2
3, 4, 5, 6 SFL3
7 SFL7
10 SFL10
Turbot TUR 1, 9 TUR1
2, 8 TUR2
3, 4, 5, 6 TUR3
7 TUR7
10 TUR10
Yellowbelly Flounder YBF 1, 9 YBF1
2, 8 YBF2
3, 4, 5, 6 YBF3
7 YBF7
10 YBF10

You must report hāpuku / bass at a species level in your electronic reports.

Below you will find a list of accepted codes for hāpuku and bass.

Please note: These codes only apply to your electronic reports. Hāpuku / Bass (HPB) can be reported at a group level in your Monthly Harvest Returns (MHRs) only.

Common NameSpecies CodeFMAFishstock Code
Bass BAS 1, 9 BAS1
2 BAS2
3 BAS3
4 BAS4
5, 6 BAS5
7 BAS7
8 BAS8
10 BAS10
Hāpuku HAP 1, 9 HAP1
2 HAP2
3 HAP3
4 HAP4
5, 6 HAP5
7 HAP7
8 HAP8
10 HAP10 

These species codes must only be used if you are fishing under a High Seas Permit.

Common nameScientific nameCode
Stony corals Scleractinia within the genera Solenosmilia; Goniocorella; Oculina; Enallopsammia; Madrepora; Lophelia SIA
Soft corals (other than those designated as Gorgonian Alcyonacea) Alcyonacea (Order) SOC
Includes bamboo corals (Isididae), red / precious corals (Corallidae), bottle brush corals and sea fans (Primnoidae), bubblegum corals (Paragorglidae), and golden corals (Chrysogorglidae) Gorgonian Alcyonacea; all taxa within the sub-orders Holaxonia; Calaxonia; Scleraxonia GOC
Hydroids (other than those designated as Stylasteridae) Anthoathecata (Order) and Leptothecata (Order) HDR
Stylasterids (hydrocorals) Stylasteridae (Family) COR
Hexacorals Zoantharia (Order) ZAH
Anemones Actiniara (Order) ATR
Sea pens Pennatulacea (Order) PTU
Crinoids Crinoidea (Class) CRI
Armless stars Brisingida (Order) BRG
Giant, agglutinated foraminifera Xenophyophorea (Superfamily) GAF
Tube-building annelid worms Serpulidae (Family) SZS

Mitigation Device Codes

You are required to report mitigation device(s) for these fishing methods:

An updated list of accepted mitigation device codes is available for each of the above methods. However, trawling has two lists of accepted codes:

These codes are for mitigation devices / operational practices for trawl vessels under 28 metres.

Mitigation Device / Operational PracticeCode
Bird baffler – two booms perpendicular to vessel BIB
Paired streamer lines (a.k.a tori lines) STR
Single streamer (tori) line TLS
Stickers cleared from net before shooting STK
Warp deflector used during towing (on warp closest to side of vessel from which fish waste is discharged) WDT
Other type of warp protection device used during towing (on warp closest to side of vessel from which fish waste is discharged) WPT
Second warp deflector or warp protection device deployed during towing (on warp away from side of vessel from which fish waste is discharged) SWD
No warp protection device, including tori lines, used during towing NWD
Fish waste batch discharged during towing BFW
No fish waste discharged during towing NFW
Net restrictors used in centre net when using triple-rig CNR
Other OTH
None NMD

These codes are for mitigation devices / operational practices for trawl vessels over 28 metres.

Mitigation Device / Operational PracticeCode
Bird baffler – two booms perpendicular to vessel BIB
Bird baffler – four boom BIF
Bird baffler – with curtain between booms BIC
Paired streamer lines (a.k.a tori lines) STR
Warp Deflector WAD
Sea Lion Exclusion Device (SLED) SLE
Dolphin Dissuasive Devices (DDD) (a.k.a pingers) DDD
Stickers cleared from net before shooting STK
Minced fish waste discharged during towing MFW
Fish waste batch discharged during towing BFW
No fish waste discharged during towing NFW
Net restrictors used in centre net when using triple-rig CNR
Single streamer (tori) line TLS
Other OTH
None NMD

These codes are for mitigation devices / operational practices for lining (bottom longlining and trot lining).

Mitigation Device / Operational PracticeCode
Streamer line (a.k.a tori line) STR
High-risk period line weighting regime HLW
Thawed or semi-thawed bait used TBU
Haul mitigation device HMD
Other deterrent during hauling (e.g. water sprayer or sound) OMH
All used baits retained on board during hauling BRH
All fish and fish waste discharged on opposite side of vessel to hauling station WDO
Other OTH
None NMD

These codes are for mitigation devices / operational practices for tuna-lining (surface longline).

Mitigation Device / Operational PracticeCode
Hook-shielding devices on 100% of hooks HOP
Hook-shielding devices on < 100% of hooks HSD
Streamer line (a.k.a tori line) STR
Underwater bait setter UBS
Thawed or semi-thawed bait used TBU
Haul mitigation device HMD
Other deterrent during hauling (e.g. water sprayer or sound) OMH
Used baits retained on board during hauling BRH
All fish waste held during hauling HFW
Fish waste batch discharged at intervals of >30 minutes during hauling FWI
Other OTH
None NMD

If you have any issues or questions, please contact the helpline on 04 460 9555 or use our online contact form.

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Additional Resources

MPI Document - Itemised list of changes to electronic reporting circulars

MPI Website - 2021 amendments to the electronic catch reporting circulars

MPI Website - Digital monitoring resources