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Proposed regulations to implement the Catch Documentation Scheme for southern bluefin tuna

Update – 7 April 2017

Minister's decision

The Minister for Primary Industries has made his decision on creating new regulations for the southern bluefin tuna Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS).

The consultation closed on 15 July 2016. MPI received no submissions.

The Fisheries (Southern Bluefin Tuna Catch Documentation Scheme) Regulations 2017 will come into effect on 27 April 2017.

The Minister's decision letter provides the details of and reasons for his decision.


The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) is a regional fisheries management organisation that operates wherever southern bluefin tuna are found and caught. The Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS) is the primary monitoring, control, and surveillance tool used by the CCSBT.

MPI has issued 2 directives to fishers and Licensed Fish Receivers (LFRs) respectively to administer the scheme. These directives were issued under section 190 of the Fisheries Act 1996. MPI is seeking to create new regulations to replace these directives to improve the enforceability of the CDS requirements, and better meet our international commitments.

MPI was specifically interested in hearing how the proposed changes would affect fishers, LFRs, CDS authorised validators, and any other individuals or organisations with an interest in the southern bluefin tuna fishery. We also welcomed stakeholder views on appropriate penalty levels for these proposed regulations.

Consultation documents

Making a submission

Submissions closed at 5pm on 15 July 2016.

Submissions are public information

Note that your submission is public information. Submissions may be the subject of requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA specifies that information is to be made available to requesters unless there are sufficient grounds for withholding it, as set out in the OIA.

Submitters may wish to indicate grounds for withholding specific information contained in their submission, such as information being commercially sensitive or they wish personal information to be withheld. MPI will take such indications into account when determining whether or not to release the information. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA is reviewable by the Ombudsman.