Inshore approval of Precision Seafood Harvesting Modular Harvest System

Timeline and background to approvals

On 12 April 2019, Fisheries New Zealand approved the use of the Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) Modular Harvest System (MHS) in North Island inshore fisheries. The approval allowed MHS to be used for snapper, tarakihi, trevally, red gurnard and John Dory with specific conditions.

This was the second approval under commercial fishing regulations that came into force in October 2017, which were amended to enable innovation in trawl fishing net designs and trials. The MHS has been developed as part of a programme between Aotearoa Fisheries (also known as Moana NZ), Sanford Limited, Sealord Group Limited and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Application and related documents released

On 21 May 2019, Fisheries New Zealand released the application made by PSH to approve the PSH modular harvest system for inshore use, plus Fisheries New Zealand’s decision document.

Note, sections of these documents have been redacted. The names of individuals have been removed to protect their privacy, and some other information has been withheld as it could prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied, or who is subject of, the information. 

Related information

Approval of the PSH Modular Harvest System trawl net in North Island inshore fisheries [PDF, 547 KB]

Approval of the PSH Modular Harvest System trawl net in deepwater fisheries [PDF, 3.5 MB]

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