Background to landing exceptions
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.
Have your say
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.
The 5 species are:
- bigeye tuna
- yellowfin tuna
- southern bluefin tuna
- pacific bluefin tuna
Predation by toothed cetaceans (whales and dolphins), sharks, and large cephalopods (for example, squid) on highly migratory species caught in surface longline fisheries is a well-known problem globally. These events are considered to be largely unavoidable due to difficulties in predicting and avoiding their occurrence and can have big economic impacts on fishing operations.
Based on the unavoidability of these events, Fisheries New Zealand is proposing to provide for an exception. 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.
We’d like your feedback on this proposal. Full details are in the consultation document.
Consultation is open from 2 February to 1 March 2024.
Making your submission
Email your feedback by 5pm on 1 March 2024 to FMSubmissions@mpi.govt.nz
A template is available to help you complete your submission. It includes questions you may like to answer to help you with your submission, and further space for any other feedback.
While we prefer email, you can post written submissions to:
Fisheries Management – National Direction
Fisheries New Zealand
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Make sure you tell us in your submission:
- your name and title
- your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation)
- your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).