Fisheries New Zealand is assessing whether a commercial landing exception should be provided for 5 highly migratory species managed under the QMS, when caught by surface longline and eaten by predators.
Under the Fisheries Act 1996, commercial fishers are prohibited from returning or abandoning to the sea, or other waters, any fish or shellfish that are subject to the Quota Management System (QMS). However, the Act allows for exceptions to the rule.
The proposed exception would allow commercial fishers to return leftover parts of any of the 5 species caught by surface longline, that have been damaged by predation to such an extent that the fish is unfit for human consumption.
The consultation closes at 5pm on 1 March 2024.
For more information see the Fisheries New Zealand website.