Fisheries New Zealand - Approved changes to electronic reporting for commercial fishing

Following consultation, Fisheries NZ have released their decisions on changes to electronic reporting for commercial fishing. Approved amendments to the electronic reporting circulars will include:

  • making it mandatory for fishers using trawl, surface longline, and bottom longline methods to report mitigation use.
  • requiring fishers using bottom longline and surface longline methods to report details of their line weighting regimes.
  • requiring hapuku, bass, and the 8 species of QMS flatfish to be recorded as separate species (except on monthly harvest returns).
  • requiring pāua divers to record which pāua statistical area they dive in and whether they are targeting pāua above any industry-agreed minimum harvest size.

For more information, please see the Fisheries New Zealand website.

Additional Resources

MPI - Decision document: Amendments to Electronic Reporting Circulars 

MPI - Find the new versions of the electronic reporting circulars