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Fisheries Amendment Act: Infringement regulations for retention and discarding offences in the commercial fishing industry

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries would like your feedback on options for a proposed infringement regime to address unlawfully retained, returned, or abandoned Quota Management System Species by commercial fishers.

Consultation opens 16 November and ends 15 December 2022.

Consultation document

Discussion paper – Infringement regulations for retention and discarding offences in the commercial fishing industry  [PDF, 594 KB]

Related information

Consultation on new Fisheries Regulations – Fact sheet [PDF, 865 KB]

Fisheries Amendment Bill – NZ Parliament

Consultation background – Fisheries Amendment Act 2022

Introduction of an infringement regime for low-level offending was first proposed during public consultation for "Your fisheries – your say" in 2019, resulting in feedback on what this might look like.

Consultation: Your fisheries – your say

The Fisheries Amendment Act (the Amendment Act) has recently passed into law. 

The Amendment Act contains changes to the offences and penalties provisions in the primary Act. These enable the making of regulations for an infringement regime to address low-level illegal retention or return of quota species by commercial fishers. This type of offending can currently only be addressed by prosecution.

A new, separate, set of regulations on what can be done with QMS species brought back to land are also being consulted on at the same time in the discussion paper, Regulations for alternative methods of disposal for landed fish in the commercial fishing industry. These regulations are complementary to the regulations being consulted on here and, for this reason, are undergoing a separate regulatory impact assessment process.

Consultation: Regulations for alternative methods of disposal for landed fish in the commercial fishing industry

Making your submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 15 December 2022.

Feedback form: Fisheries Amendment Act – Infringement regulations for retention and discarding offences in the commercial fishing industry [DOCX, 741 KB]

Email your completed form to FisheriesChangeProgramme@mpi.govt.nz

While we prefer email to ensure we receive your submission on time, you can post your response to:

Fisheries policy team
Policy and trade branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140

Please include the following information:

  • your name and title
  • your phone number, address, and email
  • your organisation’s name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation).

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Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

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