If you are an authorised fisheries trade validator, you must identify all southern bluefin tuna shipments and make sure the fish are correctly tagged and documented. Find out what you need to do and how to become a trade validator.
What you need to know
The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) manages international southern bluefin tuna fisheries. CCSBT use a catch documentation scheme (CDS) to track southern bluefin tuna catch and trade. This helps prevent illegal fishing and trade in the species.
If you are an authorised trade validator, you must identify all southern bluefin tuna and make sure they are correctly tagged and documented before the fish go to market or are exported.
What you need to do
Southern bluefin tuna must be identified correctly to enter the market. Make sure you are familiar with different tuna species.
Check catch and harvest details
For all shipments of southern bluefin tuna, you must check the catch/harvest section of the CDS Catch monitoring form.
View an example Catch monitoring form [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Check that details in the table 'Description of fish' are correct, including the:
- net weight of fish
- total number of whole fish.
Make sure fish are tagged correctly
Make sure any whole southern bluefin tuna have CDS tags attached to them. A 'whole' fish includes fish that have had:
- no processing (code RD on the form)
- the gills and gut removed with tail left on (code GGO)
- the gills, gut and tail removed (code GGT).
Validate the catch/harvest section
If the fish are correctly tagged and documented on the form, sign the catch/harvest section and validate with your official stamp – issued to all authorised trade validators by us. Stamp each copy – not just the copy that goes with the shipment.
Check export details
If southern bluefin tuna are for export, you also need to check the export section of the Catch monitoring form.
Validate the export section
If all details have been completed correctly, sign the export section and validate with your official trade validator stamp. Stamp each copy – not just the copy that goes with the shipment.
Validate the Re-export or export after landing form
If southern bluefin tuna are being re-exported or exported after being previously landed as domestic product, they must be accompanied by a Re-export or export after landing form. Trade validators are responsible for validating this form.
- View an example Re-export or export after landing form [PDF, 809 KB]
Provide a copy of completed forms to Fisheries New Zealand
Send a copy of completed forms to:
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Other trade validator tasks
The licensed fish receiver that receives the fish completes the CDS Catch tagging form. A copy of this form is provided to Fisheries New Zealand (it doesn’t go with the fish to market). You don't need to validate the Catch tagging form, but may help the licensed fish receiver complete it.
Trade validators can also validate New Zealand fish export statistical documents.
- Learn more about licensed fish receivers
- Download an example Catch tagging form [PDF, 695 KB]
- Find out more about fish export statistical documents
Becoming an authorised trade validator
Authorised trade validators must:
- get approval from us
- complete unit standard 17573 Complete the documentation requirements for the Ministry of Fisheries trade information and catch documentation scheme.
Once approved, we record your name and other information on a list of authorised validators and submits the list to CCSBT.
Who to contact
If you have questions about authorised trade validators, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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