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Proposed changes to electronic reporting for commercial fishing

Update – 30 August 2021

Amendments implemented

While the main focus of this consultation on proposed changes to the electronic reporting circulars related to implementing the National plan of action – seabirds 2020, other proposals were included. The amendments have been incorporated into the Electronic catch and position reporting guide and come into effect on 1 September 2021.

Electronic catch and position reporting guide (2021) [PDF, 2.3 MB]

Find out more about electronic catch and position reporting

UPDATE – 17 May 2021

Decisions released

The director fisheries management has approved amendments to the electronic reporting circulars. Amendments include:

  • making it mandatory for fishers using trawl, surface longline, and bottom longline methods to report mitigation use
  • requiring fishers using bottom longline and surface longline methods to report details of their line weighting regimes
  • requiring hapuku, bass, and the 8 species of QMS flatfish to be recorded as separate species (except on monthly harvest returns)
  • requiring pāua divers to record which pāua statistical area they dive in and whether they are targeting pāua above any industry-agreed minimum harvest size.

Fishers must use the new reporting requirements by 1 December 2021. They can start reporting using the new requirements on 1 September 2021.

Decision document: Amendments to electronic reporting circulars [PDF, 609 KB]

Submissions on proposed changes to electronic reporting for commercial fishing [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Find the new versions of the electronic reporting circulars

Background

Fisheries New Zealand sought 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 was targeted at trawl, surface longline, and bottom longline fishers. It entailed additional reporting of mitigation equipment and operational practices.

Some other changes were 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]

Submissions are public information

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