Background to 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 Pacific bluefin tuna. The proposed exception would allow commercial fishers to return Pacific bluefin tuna to the sea if the fish is likely to survive.
Pacific bluefin tuna are known to be a relatively robust fish, and have been estimated to have a high likelihood of post-release survival when caught and returned alive by surface longline and troll. Therefore, Fisheries New Zealand is proposing that an exception is provided for, which would allow commercial fishers to return live Pacific bluefin tuna that is caught with surface longline and troll.
We’d like your feedback on this proposal. Consultation is open from 8 January to 9 February 2024.
Making your submission
Email your feedback by 5pm on 9 February 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
What to include
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).