Have your say
Fisheries New Zealand is proposing amendments to technical circulars under the Fisheries (Reporting) Regulations 2017. The circulars cover the electronic reporting and codes available for reporting of non-fish and protected species interactions.
The proposed changes are to provide more detailed fisher reporting of interactions with non-fish and protected species. The current guidance and understanding around reporting obligations is narrower than what is specified under the Wildlife Act 1953 and the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978. These proposed changes will help fishers meet their reporting obligations.
We're seeking feedback from tangata whenua and stakeholders on the proposed amendments.
A summary of the proposed options is on this page and full details are in the consultation document.
You can make submissions between 1 September and 29 September 2023.
Summary of the proposed options
The changes include:
- amend the definition of “catch” to cover instances involving accidental or incidental injury or death where the marine wildlife has been able to move freely or free itself if caught
- introduce new codes to the Codes Circular to collect more accurate information on NFPS interactions
- make the notes field for NFPS reports mandatory where a NFPS interaction is reported to provide more detailed information on the conditions and circumstances of the event in line with the Wildlife Act and MMPA, and provide guidance on how to fill this out.
Making your submission
Fisheries New Zealand welcomes written submissions on any or all of the proposals contained in this discussion document. All written submissions must be received by Fisheries New Zealand no later than 5pm on Friday, 29 September 2023.
Submissions can be emailed to FMsubmissions@mpi.govt.nz
Alternatively, the postal address is:
Protected Species Reporting Consultation 2023
Science and Information
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526