PERMIT REQUIRED TO FISH IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS
Operators of New Zealand-registered vessels must have a high seas fishing permit to catch or transport fish on the high seas. For some fishing areas in international waters, you need more than a high seas fishing permit.
Internationally managed fish species
Some fish species are managed under international agreements between countries. To catch these fish, fishers need to follow the specific requirements in the agreement. There are different organisations for each agreement. They cover different regions and different types of fish. These are called regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs).
Your requirements as a fisher will depend on what agreement you need to follow. This will depend on what you want to fish for, and where.
Your reporting requirements for different fisheries
New Zealand commercial fishers and exporters of internationally managed species must meet certain monitoring and reporting requirements.
Requirements can include:
- documenting your catches according to any relevant regional fisheries management agreements
- tagging southern bluefin tuna.
Read the requirements