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Proposed technical amendments to fisheries regulations

Update – 18 September 2023

This consultation closed on 4 March 2022. Fisheries New Zealand provided an advice paper (the decision document) to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries in September 2022. That paper asked the minister to progress the minor technical proposals ahead of the remainder.

Proposed technical amendments to fisheries regulations – Decision document [PDF, 839 KB]  

Since the advice paper was developed, updates to the Fisheries Act 1996 mean that changes to amateur daily bag limits are implemented by amendments to the Fisheries (Recreational Management Controls) Notice. Refer to Fisheries Notices for the most up-to-date version of the notice.

Fisheries notices

Most of the regulatory amendments have a commencement date of 6 October 2023. The only exceptions are the amendment relating to circle hook requirements when surface longlining, which came into force in August 2023, and changes to the packhorse rock lobster method of measurement, which have a commencement date of 1 April 2024. 

Timeline for other decisions

Decisions on most of the other proposals consulted on as part of this package are expected to be released in late 2023 or early 2024. The only exception is the proposal to review the prohibition on the use of data transmission cables (net-sonde cables) on trawl vessels, for which decisions are not expected until 2024.

Consultation background

Fisheries New Zealand sought feedback on 33 proposed operational changes to various fisheries regulations that cover customary, amateur, and commercial fisheries.

Refer to the summary list of the proposals by category

Read the consultation documents for full details

The consultation closed at 5pm on 4 March 2022.

About the proposed changes

The Fisheries Act 1996 provides for regulations to be made for different purposes in the fisheries' context. The proposals in this consultation document covered a wide variety of issues, including:

  • changes to fishing gear and method regulations for commercial fishers  
  • amendments to some customary fisheries regulations
  • record-keeping requirements for stakeholders involved in commercial fisheries
  • changes to amateur daily limits for some species or areas
  • increasing the number of regulations for which infringement notices can be issued (use of seabird mitigation devices and record-keeping regulations) together with other enhancements to the Ministry for Primary Industries' compliance framework.

The discussion document described each of the proposed amendments and their objectives. It also identified the affected stakeholders and likely impacts on stakeholders.

Consultation documents

Discussion document: Proposed technical amendments to fisheries regulations [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Summary of proposed technical amendments to fisheries regulations [PDF, 369 KB]

Related information

Fisheries Act 1996 – NZ Legislation  

Summary list of proposals by category

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