FishServe Fees

FishServe has a transaction-based fee structure which means every time a FishServe client undertakes a transaction, that client incurs a fee for that service. The processing of MHR and LFRR returns is a transactional service and fees are charged per line or stock, so if a nil MHR or LFRR is submitted there is no associated fee.

All fees are considered processing fees and are non-refundable. If an application is declined or withdrawn, the fee is not refunded.

Transaction fees must be paid at the time of the transaction, unless the client is prepay exempt. For MHR and LFRR returns processing, the fee is invoiced monthly. Failure to pay the monthly account on the due date will result in a follow up letter. If the account is not then settled by the required date, the account will be referred to a Debt Recovery Agency for collection.

In 2014, FishServe introduced the “System Redevelopment Levy” to fund the redevelopment of our website and systems. The levy contributes $300,000 per annum, and plays a crucial role in helping FishServe meet the changing needs of the New Zealand seafood industry.

FishServe fees can be paid by direct debit, you can register for direct debit online or by completing and providing the direct debit form to FishServe.

See below for a list of fees.

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Ministry for Primary Industries Levies

Clients who own quota shares are charged cost recovery levies by the Ministry for Primary Industries. These levies are set by the Ministry every year and the rates are dependent on the value of the particular species.

Commercial fishers also pay cost recovery levies for some non-quota species. These rates are based on kgs landed. These crown levies are invoiced monthly and are required to be paid by the 25th of each month.

Ministry for Primary Industries levies can be paid by direct debit by completing and providing the direct debit form to FishServe.

See below for a list of fees or visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website for a schedule of cost recovery levies.

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Schedule of Fees

The fees listed below are effective from 1 October 2020 until otherwise notified.

FishServe Fees

ReturnsNZ$ (incl. GST)
MHR/As Manual Return per line 9.20
Manual Return Amendment per line 9.20
Electronic Return per line 1.30
Electronic Return Amendment per line 1.30
LFRR/As Electronic Return per line 1.30
Electronic Return Amendment per line 1.30

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ACENZ$ (incl. GST)
ACE Transfer Manual Base Fee and 1 line 69.00
Each extra line 9.20
Electronic Flat rate 8.05
ACE Consensual Caveat Base Fee and 1 line 287.50
Each extra line 3.10
ACE Caveat Adjustment Per line 57.50

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Quota SharesNZ$ (incl. GST)
Quota Share Transfer Base Fee and 1 line 230.00
Each extra line 18.40
Quota Share Consensual Caveat Base Fee and 1 line 287.50
Each extra line 3.10
Quota Share Caveat Adjustment 287.50
Quota Share Caveat Withdrawal Base Fee and 1 line 287.50
Each extra line 5.75
Mortgage Registration Base Fee and 1 line 460.00
Each extra line 18.40
Mortgage Registration Adjustment (includes discharge of an existing mortgage, assignment of a mortgage, and variation of a mortgage etc.) 287.50

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Vessels (includes Fish Carriers)NZ$ (incl. GST)
Vessel Registration Manual, 28 metres and under 1 Year 138.00
2 Years 172.50
3 Years 207.00
4 Years 241.50
5 Years 276.00
Electronic, 28 metres and under 1 Year 69.00
2 Years 87.40
3 Years 103.50
4 Years 121.90
5 Years 138.00
Manual, over 28 metres 1 Year 862.50
2 Years 1,078.70
3 Years 1,294.90
4 Years 1,511.10
5 Years 1,725.00
Electronic, over 28 metres 1 Year 258.75
2 Years 324.30
3 Years 388.70
4 Years 453.10
5 Years 517.50
Geospatial Position Reporting Device (GPR) Registration Manual 368.00
Electronic 92.00
Foreign-owned Vessel Registration 517.50
Application for Notified User 115.00
Cedric Monthly Service Fee (per vessel) 79.35
E-logbbook registration 34.50

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Licensed Fish ReceiverNZ$ (incl. GST)
Licensed Fish Receiver Application 2,875.00
Physical changes/additions to Licensed Fish Receiver Premise Details 287.50

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RegistersNZ$ (incl. GST)
Extracts from the ACE Register Individual ACE owner details 18.40
Report by fishstock 18.40
Report by species 55.20
List of ACE Owners (contact details only) 55.20
Entire ACE register 276.00
Extracts from the Permit Register Individual permit owner details 18.40
Report based on 1 parameter (e.g. species or method) 55.20
List of current permit holders (contact details only) 55.20
Entire permit register 276.00
Extracts from the Quota Register Individual quota owner details 18.40
Report by fishstock 18.40
Report by species 55.20
List of current quota owners (contact details only) 55.20
Entire quota register 276.00
Extracts from the Vessel Register Individual vessel owner details 18.40
Report based on 1 parameter (e.g. size or length) 55.20
List of current vessel operators (contact details only) 55.20
Entire vessel register 276.00

(Copyright of the registers is vested in CFS)

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Payment of FishServe Accounts onlyNZ$ (incl. GST)
Direct debit discount (2% of monthly account) Monthly Maximum 20.00
Manual payment processing fee (cheque or cash) 5.00

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Ministry for Primary Industries Fees

PermitsNZ$ (incl. GST)
Fishing Permit 1 Year 114.49
2 Years 142.09
3 Years 169.69
4 Years 197.29
5 Years 224.89
Copy of Fishing Permit 18.40
Fishing other than from a vessel (FOTFAV) 36.80
Aquaculture Agreement Application Base fee and 1 stock 276.00
Each additional stock 24.15

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