Information for fishers during Alert Level 4
Commercial fishers and aquaculture farmers are Alert Level 4 businesses and can continue operating.
Operating as commercial fishers and aquaculture farmers
Commercial fishers and aquaculture farmers are an Alert Level 4 business and can continue operating.
Social distancing at work
Social distancing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. All Alert Level 4 businesses and services must strive to retain social distancing in accordance with Ministry of Health guidance.
Employees must wear a face mask.
We encourage you to talk to your industry organisation for advice and support on this.
If a worker is sick with COVID-19
If an employee, customer, or visitor becomes a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case, and has been at your workplace while potentially infectious, there are standard processes that will be followed.
Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 are known as cases and will be directly managed by a local public health unit.
Remember, at any time, an employee who feels unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 should be encouraged to go home and to seek help by calling their GP (doctor) or call Healthline for free, on 0800 35 85 453.
You can fish from a wharf or the shore, but do not cast off the rocks or fish from a boat. Boating is not allowed. Keep it local – go to your nearest fishing spot, not your favourite fishing spot.
At Alert Level 4, you can fish for whitebait during the whitebaiting season. Fish locally, stay 2 metres from other river users and remember boating is not allowed.
You legally must also comply with all current whitebait regulations, including:
- only fishing from the banks of rivers or the water’s edge
- not entering the water
- not using a boat to fish.
Are there any rule changes to catch limits because of COVID-19?
All the rules to ensure sustainability - including catch limits and the wide range of other restrictions - remain in place and commercial fishers must adhere to them as usual.
Our fishery officers are still patrolling throughout New Zealand to protect our fisheries.
They will do this in a way that keeps themselves and others safe.
You can call us on 0800 4 POACHER (0800 476 224) if you see anyone breaking the fishing rules.
Travelling to work at Alert Level 4
If your employees need to go into the premises or work on site, they can use public transport to commute.
Employees may be asked to show who they work for so they can prove they have a reason to travel. We recommend you provide your employees with a letter to confirm who they are, and their role.
Everyone legally must wear a face covering on all public transport, unless they have an exemption.
If you are a business that requires travel across the alert level boundary for work, information about permitted travel, the Business Travel Register, and exemptions is available on MBIE’s website.
The Business Travel Register will generate Business Travel Documents for workers to display at checkpoints. This includes a QR code, which enables Police at the cordon to verify the document digitally against the travel register.
It’s important to note that you cannot use the same travel documentation used during previous alert level events and must apply again.
For information about testing of essential workers crossing the Alert Level boundary, visit the COVID-19 website.
Businesses and workers need to continue to comply with the Government’s COVID-19 alert level settings and observe any protocols for their particular industry.