This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations address a resolution of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission requiring members to implement international guidelines, in relation to sea turtles, to reduce their mortality, enhance mitigation measures, and expand the reporting requirements. They do so by amending the principal regulations to regulate the management of sea turtles if they are taken as by-catch by any means, including fishing methods other than with nets. In addition, the reporting requirements in relation to sea turtles are to be dealt with, after 1 October 2008, under the Fisheries (Reporting) Regulations 2001.
A further amendment provides for the use of a technical development in the equipment used for the commercial fishing of surf clams. However, catches taken by this new method continue to be constrained by the Total Allowable Commercial Catch requirements.
Date of notification in Gazette: 28 February 2008.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Fisheries.