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Proposed changes to electronic catch and position reporting circulars

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand invited feedback on proposed technical and minor changes to the following circulars:

  • Fisheries (E-logbook Technical Specifications) Circular 2018
  • Fisheries (E-logbook Users Instructions and Codes) Circular 2018
  • Fisheries (Geospatial Position Reporting Devices) Circular 2018

The changes followed Cabinet's agreement to amend the Fisheries (Reporting) Regulations 2017 and the Fisheries (Geospatial Position Reporting) Regulations 2017. 

Consultation ran from Monday 1 October 2018 to Friday 19 October 2018.

The proposed changes include:

  • protecting sensitive information about precise fishing locations
  • requiring fishers to provide information from licensed fish receivers in a landing report no later than 15 days after landing
  • clarifying that fishers report live fish, such as rock lobster, that are placed in a holding tank on land before being taken to a licensed fish receiver
  • instructions for fishers who wish to provide event reports under multiple permit holders during a trip
  • allowing reporting for partial containers
  • clarifying when geospatial position reporting (GPR) devices must be used by vessels and fishers.

Consultation documents

We only sought feedback on the proposed changes that are tracked in these circulars:

Making your submission

Consultation closed at 5pm 19 October 2018.

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