Proposed changes to import and export prohibitions for toothfish and southern bluefin tuna

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Contact: Highly Migratory Species Team

Have your say

Fisheries New Zealand is consulting on whether to move the existing import and export prohibitions for toothfish and southern bluefin tuna into regulations under the Fisheries Act 1996. They are currently in orders under the Customs and Excise Act 2018.

The prohibitions require imports and exports of toothfish, and imports of southern bluefin tuna, to be accompanied by specified documents and meet certain conditions. These rules help New Zealand meet its international fisheries obligations.

Moving the prohibitions to the regulations would:

  • reduce administration costs (orders must be reviewed every 3 years)
  • reflect the long-term nature of the reasons for the prohibitions
  • not change the requirements for importers or exporters of toothfish or southern bluefin tuna.

We'd like your feedback on the proposal detailed in the consultation document. Consultation runs from 26 November to 21 December 2018.

Consultation document

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the proposed changes by 5pm on 21 December 2018 to

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Highly Migratory Species Team
Fisheries New Zealand
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation or a company).

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