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Wider rollout of on-board cameras

Have your say

On 17 June 2021, Hon. David Parker, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, announced that up to 300 inshore fishing vessels will be fitted with cameras by the end of 2024.

We want your feedback on:

  • which fishing vessels will get cameras
  • how the rollout is prioritised
  • the level of industry contribution to costs.

The installation of cameras is planned to start around late 2022 and take about 24 months to roll out.

The consultation closes on 6 December 2021.

Find out how to make a submission

Consultation document

Wider rollout of on-board cameras – Discussion document [PDF, 5.5 MB]

Related document

Frequently asked questions about the wider rollout of on-board cameras [PDF, 174 KB]

Consultation for cameras on boats – Youtube

Summary of what's being proposed

The wider rollout of on-board cameras will give greater assurance of sustainable commercial fishing practices by enabling increased monitoring and verification of fishing activity. This will:

  • lead to improved fisheries management and positive environmental outcomes
  • help increase transparency and trust in the seafood sector
  • improve the quality of fishing data
  • drive positive changes in fishing behaviour.

Scope of the rollout (which vessels will get cameras)

The proposed scope of the rollout would require on-board cameras to be operated on:

  • all trawl vessels 32 metres or under in overall length (except those targeting scampi)
  • all set net vessels that are 8 metres or over in overall length
  • all surface longline, bottom longline, Danish seine, or purse seine vessels.

Prioritising the rollout (across the in-scope fleet)

We propose that the rollout of on-board cameras across the in-scope fleet is prioritised based on the risk posed to protected species such as:

  • Hector's and Māui dolphins
  • Antipodean albatross
  • black petrels
  • hoiho penguins.

The level of industry contribution to costs

In line with the government's approach to cost recovery in the fisheries sector, we are proposing that:

  • the fishing industry should contribute towards the costs of the wider rollout
  • it is appropriate for the industry to contribute towards the costs of:
    • the installation and maintenance of on-board cameras
    • submission, storage, and review of footage, and
    • additional fisheries officers
  • the industry contribute at least $10 million over the first 4 years, and
  • industry's contribution over the first 4 years is recovered from quota owners using a stock-specific levy.

If you have questions before you complete your submission, email

Making your submission

You can make your submission by:

  • answering the prepared questions using our online survey, or
  • sending us your written submission.

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 6 December 2021.

Note that if you choose to make a submission by completing our online survey, you can include any additional feedback as well as answering the prepared questions.

Sending a written submission

Email your written submission to 

While we prefer email, you can post your written submission to:

Digital Monitoring
Fisheries New Zealand
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

What to include in your submission

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation: 'Wider rollout of on-board cameras'
  • 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).

Find out more

Digital monitoring of commercial fishing

On-board cameras for commercial fishing vessels

The rollout of on-board cameras on 1 November 2019

Support for commercial fishers and the seafood sector

Fisheries Act 1996 – NZ Legislation

Fisheries (Cost Recovery) Rules 2001 – NZ Legislation

MPI cost recovery policy guidelines [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation