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Draft circulars on digital monitoring of commercial fishing


Revised circulars issued – 11 May 2018

Following consultation, the revised circulars have been issued. 

Summary documents – 4 August 2017

Guide for permit holders and fishers to understand the Fisheries draft circulars for Geospatial Position Reporting and Codes and Information.

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on draft circulars for the digital monitoring of commercial fishing. Circulars are the legal documents that set the standards and specifications for the systems and processes used in digital monitoring.

This is your opportunity to provide feedback on how geospatial position reporting and e-logbooks will work in practice. Consultation on cameras will take place at a later date – to be advised.

Draft circulars for consultation

Making your submission

Email your feedback before 5pm on 21 August 2017 to


The regulations to enable digital monitoring and innovative trawl technology were gazetted on 13 July 2017.

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.