RMP vessels processing at sea
Find out which fishing vessels that do primary processing at sea must have a risk management programme (RMP), and the requirements for these vessels.
What are RMP vessels?
Fishing vessels (boats) that do primary processing at sea are known as "RMP vessels" and "factory vessels". Processed fish from these vessels may go directly to market without further processing. It may be sold in New Zealand or sent for export.
You do not need an RMP for some fish
You do not need to process fish under an RMP if:
- the fish you catch are not landed in New Zealand
- the fish or fish products are not claimed to be New Zealand products.
This RMP exemption is in clause 4 of the Animal Products (Exemptions and Inclusions) Order 2000.
What is primary processing for RMP vessels?
Primary processing includes:
- filleting finfish at sea, whether or not the fish are to be delivered to an onshore processor
- all other processes normally applied to the fish if they are intended for export without delivery to an onshore processor.
RMP vessel operators (factory vessel operators) can do more primary processing activities than:
- inshore fishing vessels
- limited processing fishing vessels (LPFVs).
Some processing activities that are normally classed as secondary processing (for land-based processing premises) are classed as primary processing on RMP vessels (factory vessels). It depends on whether you plan to export the fish without doing more land-based processing.
Requirements for RMP vessels
RMP vessels must:
- operate under a registered RMP
- follow the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Human Consumption [PDF, 1.3 MB]
Rendering requirements for RMP vessels
The requirements for RMP vessels that do rendering are in the Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Products Intended for Animal Consumption [PDF, 771 KB]
RMP resources and guidelines
Processing fish and seafood for export
If you're processing fish for export, there are more requirements you need to meet.
General commercial fishing requirements
If you process fish, you might also need to meet some general commercial fishing requirements. This will depend on what you're doing.
Who to contact
If you have questions about RMP vessels or seafood processing, email firstname.lastname@example.org