Deemed values for commercial fishers

Commercial fishers who catch more fish than their annual catch entitlement (ACE) may be charged the "deemed value" of the extra catch. Find the deemed value rates here and learn how deemed values work.

Deemed value rates for 2021

Check these spreadsheets to find the current deemed value rates for different fish stocks. Note, for October and February fishing year stocks refer to the October 2020 rates spreadsheet, and for April fishing year stocks refer to the April 2020 rates spreadsheet.

October 2020 [XLSX, 237 KB]

April 2020 rates [XLSX, 213 KB]

See past deemed value rates

About deemed values

If you catch more fish than your annual catch entitlement (ACE), you'll have to either:

  • pay the "deemed value" of the extra catch, or
  • buy more ACE to cover it.

We charge:

  • interim deemed value rates for extra catch during the first 11 months of the fishing year
  • annual deemed value rates for extra catch at the end of the fishing year.

We set the deemed value rate for each fish stock in the Quota Management System (QMS). Deemed values are higher than the cost of buying ACE. This means extra fish caught will cost more than the ones that were covered by ACE. This encourages commercial fishers to use ACE to:

  • balance their catch
  • keep catch within the limits we set each year.

Balance your catch

FishServe is a company that provides fisheries services on our behalf. They'll send you a monthly catch balance report (usually by email). This compares your reported catch for each fish stock, for the year so far, to your ACE balance (the amount you hold).

If you don't have enough ACE to cover your catch, FishServe will send you an invoice for the deemed value. There are 2 types of deemed values – interim and annual.

If you owe more than $1,000

If you owe more than $1,000, your fishing permit will be suspended until you pay the deemed value.


Final report of the Deemed Values Working Group

A multi-stakeholder working group reviewed the deemed values system in 2019. This built on previous reviews, and looked at changes and issues that had emerged over the last 8 years.

The working group made 7 recommendations to improve and update the deemed values system. We've accepted them and have started making the required changes.

Deemed Values Working Group – Final report [PDF, 523 KB]

Deemed Value Guidelines 2020

Fisheries New Zealand uses an operational policy statement called the Deemed Value Guidelines. This guides the development of advice to the minister on setting deemed values.

Deemed Value Guidelines 2020 [PDF, 890 KB]

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Past deemed value rates

The fishing year starts from February, April, or October depending on the fish stock.

February and April fishing years

2017 to 2018 (February) [XLSX, 19 KB]

2017 to 2018 (April) [XLSX, 56 KB] 

2016 to 2017 [XLS, 148 KB] 

2015 to 2016 [XLSX, 47 KB] 

2014 to 2015 [XLSX, 53 KB] 

2013 to 2014 [XLSX, 59 KB] 

2011 to 2013 [XLSX, 62 KB] 

October fishing year

October 2019 rates [XLSX, 220 KB]

2018 to 2019 [XLSX, 222 KB]

2017 to 2018 [XLSX, 127 KB]

2016 to 2017 [XLSX, 131 KB]

2015 to 2016 [XLSX, 120 KB]

2014 to 2015 [XLSX, 128 KB]

2013 to 2014 [XLSX, 140 KB]

2012 to 2013 [XLSX, 143 KB]

2011 to 2012 [XLSX, 139 KB]

2010 to 2011 [XLSX, 136 KB]

Who to contact

If you have questions about deemed values, contact FishServe

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