Aquaculture food safety requirements
Find out what food safety requirements you need to meet if you supply farmed fish for human consumption. If you also process your farmed fish or work with bivalve molluscan shellfish there are additional requirements that you must meet.
Aquaculture food safety requirements depend on your activities
Your requirements depend on which activities you do:
- If you farm fish for human or animal consumption (including pāua), and then supply this to a primary processor, you:
- must provide the processor with information about the fish you're supplying
- might also need to meet some monitoring requirements.
- If you process your farmed fish yourself, you must meet food safety requirements under the Animal Products Act 1999 or Food Act 2014.
- If you work with bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS), there are more requirements that you need to meet.
If you're supplying farmed fish (that is not BMS) to a primary processor
You need to provide information about the fish you're supplying to the primary processor. You must use this supplier statement document:
This requirement comes from the Animal Products Act 1999:
Seafood monitoring programme requirements
You may need to meet some monitoring requirements.
Additional requirements for BMS
There are specific requirements you need to meet if you're working with BMS.
As well as these requirements, if you process the BMS, you need to meet the seafood processing requirements that apply to your business.
Requirements for fish processing
If you process your fish, you must meet different requirements.
Exporting aquaculture products
For all exports, you need to meet both:
- the New Zealand requirements
- any additional overseas market requirements.
Find out more
For information on setting up a marine farm or land-based fish farm:
Who to contact
If you have questions about aquaculture food safety requirements, email email@example.com