Amendments to regulations to support digital monitoring and innovative trawl technologies

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Contact: Digital monitoring team

Email: fisheries.review@mpi.govt.nz

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking your feedback on proposed amendments to regulations to support digital monitoring and innovative trawl technologies in the commercial fishing sector. 

The consultation runs until 6 June 2018.

What is being proposed?

Since the regulations came into effect on 1 October 2017, a number of practical issues have been identified by the industry, stakeholders, and Fisheries New Zealand. 

Issues included the need to:

  • protect sensitive information about precise fishing locations
  • enable Fisheries New Zealand to respond to different operational circumstances, such as equipment failure at sea
  • amend the timing of some reporting obligations to avoid, for example, any clash with operating fishing gear
  • add and amend some offences and penalties
  • enable Fisheries New Zealand to amend the terms and conditions of approved innovative trawl nets.

These issues are addressed through the proposed amendments. The consultation also includes a proposal to phase in electronic catch and position reporting for all fishers not currently using them.

These technical amendments are intended to be practical and workable for the fishing industry. Details are in the discussion paper. 

Discussion paper

Download the discussion paper on the proposed amendments [PDF, 658 KB]

Related information

Making your submission

Fisheries New Zealand invites written submissions on the proposed technical amendments outlined in the discussion paper. 

Email your submission by 5pm Wednesday 6 June 2018 to fisheries.review@mpi.govt.nz

Or mail to:

Digital Monitoring submissions
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

What to include in your submission

Fisheries New Zealand will consider all relevant material provided in submissions. We encourage you to include as much supporting information as possible. 

Make sure you include:

  • the title of the discussion paper
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA. Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include, it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information be released.

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