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Proposed changes to the Fisheries (Seabird Mitigation Measures – Surface Longlines) Circular 2018

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Fisheries (Seabird Mitigation Measures – Surface Longlines) Circular 2018 to apply to all surface longline vessels operating in New Zealand waters. This follows the adoption of a revised seabird conservation and management measure at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in December 2018, that allows for the use of approved hook shielding devices as a stand-alone mitigation measure.

The consultation is open from 23 April to 10 May 2019.

Consultation documents

Consultation letter [PDF, 449 KB]

Draft Circular changes [PDF, 61 KB]

Related document

Conservation and management measure to mitigate the impact of fishing for highly migratory fish stocks on seabirds [PDF, 681 KB] 

Making your submission

Email your feedback to

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

Highly Migratory Species Team
Fisheries Management
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6011.

What to include in your submission

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

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 a good reason for withholding it.  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 MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.