Proposed changes to electronic reporting for commercial fishing

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Contact: Deepwater fisheries management team

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback on proposed changes to electronic reporting. Most of the proposed changes relate to seabirds and implementation of the National plan of action – seabirds 2020.

The main proposal is targeted at trawl, surface longline, and bottom longline fishers. It entails additional reporting of mitigation equipment and operational practices.

A small number of other changes are also proposed, including requiring fishers to report hapuku, bass, and the 8 species of QMS flatfish at the individual species level.

Full details are in the consultation document.

Consultation document

Proposed amendments to electronic reporting circulars [PDF, 581 KB]

Making your submission

Feedback on the proposed changes must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday, 27 January 2021.

We encourage you to use the submission template [DOCX, 50 KB]

Email all submissions to

While we prefer email, you can post written submissions to:

Electronic Reporting Circulars Amendments 2021
Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6011
New Zealand.

Submissions are public information

Note that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have good reasons for withholding them. That is explained 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 that it’s commercially sensitive or it’s personal information. However, any decision Fisheries New Zealand makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.

Fisheries New Zealand may post all or parts of any written submission on its website. We’ll consider that you have consented to its publication unless clearly stated otherwise in your submission.

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