Proposed changes to the Fisheries (Seabird Mitigation Measures – Bottom Longlines) Circular
16 September 2021 – Summary of the new requirements issued
Fisheries New Zealand released summaries of the new requirements under the Fisheries (Seabird Mitigation Measures – Bottom Longlines) Circular 2021 which comes into effect on 1 October.
6 September 2021 – Decision document issued
The Fisheries (Seabird Mitigation Measures – Bottom Longlines) Circular has been updated to better reflect seabird Mitigation Standards developed in cooperation with industry, environmental groups, and other government agencies. The Mitigation Measures specified in the Circular and the Mitigation Standards work together to achieve the objectives of the National Plan of Action for Seabirds. These changes will come into effect on 1 October 2021.
National Plan of Action for Seabirds [PDF, 9.4 MB]
Fisheries New Zealand asked for feedback on proposed changes to the Fisheries (Seabird Mitigation Measures – Bottom Longlines) Circular. The proposed changes would:
- align mandatory mitigation measures with agreed "best practice" seabird mitigation for bottom longline vessels
- introduce area-specific mitigation measures for the sub-Antarctic
- clarify several technical requirements.
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