High seas fishing permits are for international waters
A high seas fishing permit allows registered New Zealand vessels to catch or transport fish on the high seas. The high seas are areas of ocean that aren't covered by any country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The permit only covers certain high sea fisheries.
Fisheries covered by a high seas permit
This table shows the areas you can apply to fish in, their area codes, and the stock managed in each area.
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Area
Antarctic marine living resources
Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna Convention Area
Southern bluefin tuna in all areas where they occur
South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation Convention Area
All fisheries resources except:
Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Convention Area
Highly migratory species
Areas not covered by a high seas fishing permit
A high seas fishing permit doesn't necessarily give you access to all high seas fisheries. Some high seas areas and stocks are managed under regional arrangements that New Zealand isn't a party to.
Permits cover requirements when fishing on the high seas
A high seas fishing permit provides:
- general requirements for fishing on the high seas, and
- specific conditions relating to your planned fishing activities.
Always read your permit carefully – the conditions can change from year to year.
Applying for a high seas fishing permit
These steps explain how to apply for a permit.