Fisheries NZ Consultation - Commercial fishers landing exception: Southern Bluefin Tuna

Fisheries New Zealand is reviewing the current commercial landing exception for southern bluefin tuna, which allows commercial fishers to return southern bluefin tuna to the sea if it was likely to survive irrespective of how it was caught.

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.

Fisheries New Zealand is proposing to provide a landing exception allowing commercial fishers to return live southern bluefin tuna that are caught with surface longline and troll only, and would like feedback on this proposal.

The consultation closes at 5pm on 1 March 2024.

For more information see the Fisheries New Zealand website.