Fisheries New Zealand sought feedback on a proposed circular – the Fisheries (Electronic Monitoring on Vessels) Circular 2019.
The draft circular sets out important operating rules for those commercial fishers who will be required to carry and operate cameras on their vessel for fishing trips from 1 November 2019.
The draft circular should be read with the Fisheries (Electronic Monitoring on Vessels) Regulations 2017.
From 1 November 2019, on-board cameras will be operating on up to 28 commercial fishing vessels that historically operated in the area and were considered to have the highest chance of coming in contact with Māui dolphins.
For a formal definition of which vessels are affected, see the Fisheries (Electronic Monitoring on Vessels) Amendment Regulations 2019.
The consultation ran from 26 September until 5pm on Sunday 13 October 2019.
- Fisheries (Electronic Monitoring on Vessels) Regulations 2017 – NZ Legislation
- Fisheries (Electronic Monitoring on Vessels) Amendment Regulations 2019 – NZ Legislation
- On-board cameras for commercial fishing vessels
- Digital monitoring of commercial fishing
What's being proposed?
The purpose of the circular is to specify the requirements for fishers who must operate the camera system they have on their vessel, including:
- the camera equipment to be used
- installation and maintenance of the camera equipment
- the provision of video and associated information obtained by the camera equipment to MPI
- activities that may hinder or assist compliance with the Fisheries (Electronic Monitoring on Vessels) Regulations 2017
- what to do if there is a technical failure of the camera equipment
- matters relating to the supply, management, and provision of drives.
Proposed technical amendments to electronic catch and position reporting circulars
Making your submission
Submissions closed at 5pm on 13 October 2019.
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