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.