Licensed fish receivers
Only licensed fish receivers (LFRs) can receive fish from commercial fishers. Find out what LFRs do and their fish processing responsibilities.
What licensed fish receivers do
Only licensed fish receivers (LFRs) are allowed to receive fish for sale. They can also trade fish with other LFRs. Commercial fishers must sell their catch to an LFR (although they can sell small amounts – less than 10kg per day – on wharves). This restricts fishers' options for landing their catch, and means that fish can be tracked. Using LFRs reduces illegal fish trading and ensures that the Quota Management System (QMS) works effectively.
FishServe is our partner for commercial fishing administration. It provides information on LFRs and manages their responsibilities, including submitting forms and data.
Responsibilities of a licensed fish receiver
LFRs must give a monthly report to FishServe, which details:
- who sold them fish
- the species of fish they received
- the weight of each fish species received.
LFRs must also carry out annual system audits and inventory returns.
They also have specific responsibilities if they trade in southern bluefin tuna.
How this reporting helps
This reporting means that catch declarations from commercial fishers can be checked against LFRs' monthly returns (LFRRs). This helps us manage fisheries and ensure sustainability.
Requirements for processing fish and seafood
LFRs that hold fish and other seafood for a short period may need to be a listed animal material depot.
LFRs that hold or process fish and other seafood may need:
- a risk management programme under the Animal Products Act 1999
- a food control plan under the Food Act 2014.
Being listed as an LFR does not allow you to process fish or seafood for trade.
Catch documentation scheme for southern bluefin tuna
Catch documentation schemes (CDS) involve checking commercial fishing catches at (or before) the point where the vessel lands. The process involves checking:
- the origin of the caught fish
- the weight of the caught fish
- the species of the caught fish
- imports and exports of fish and fish products
- whether the fish was caught illegally.
The CDS which affects LFRs in New Zealand applies to all commercially caught southern bluefin tuna, including exports and domestic sales.
What LFRs need to do under the CDS
Under the CDS for southern bluefin tuna, LFRs must fill out a:
- catch monitoring form
- catch tagging form
- re-export or export after landing forms
Below are examples of each form. Each year, we provide the real forms to LFRs who have previously landed southern bluefin tuna.
Catch monitoring form – example and instructions [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Catch tagging form – example and instructions [PDF, 695 KB]
LFRs who have not previously landed southern bluefin tuna but wish to, or LFRs who need to request additional forms, can email email@example.com
An authorised trade validator must validate all catch monitoring forms and re-export or export after landing forms. LFRs who trade in southern bluefin tuna usually have an authorised validator on staff to validate CDS documents.
Send a copy of completed forms to Fisheries New Zealand:
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
At times, LFRs may also need to tag southern bluefin tuna.
Tagging southern bluefin tuna
Fishers (permit holders) or LFRs must tag every southern bluefin tuna that’s caught. In most cases, the fisher will tag the fish - but if the tuna don’t have a tag when they are landed, then the LFR will need to do this. The tag is an essential part of the CDS. Without it, southern bluefin tuna won’t be accepted into certain markets.
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Who to contact
If you have any questions about the information on this page, email firstname.lastname@example.org