MPI consultation on proposed regulations to implement the Catch Documentation Scheme for southern bluefin tuna

The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) is a regional fisheries management organisation that operates wherever southern bluefin tuna are found and caught. The Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS) is the primary monitoring, control, and surveillance tool used by the CCSBT.

MPI has issued 2 directives to fishers and Licensed Fish Receivers (LFRs) respectively to administer the scheme. These directives were issued under section 190 of the Fisheries Act 1996. MPI is seeking to create new regulations to replace these directives to improve the enforceability of the CDS requirements, and better meet our international commitments.

MPI is specifically interested in hearing how the proposed changes would affect fishers, LFRs, CDS authorised validators, and any other individuals or organisations with an interest in the southern bluefin tuna fishery. They also welcome stakeholder views on appropriate penalty levels for these proposed regulations.

Submissions close on Friday 15 July 2016.

For more information or to make a submission click here.