Fisheries (Reporting) Amendment Regulations 2008



Fisheries (Reporting) Amendment Regulations 2008

Anand Satyanand, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 25th day of February 2008  

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

Pursuant to section 297(1) of the Fisheries Act 1996, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.


1 Title
  • These regulations are the Fisheries (Reporting) Amendment Regulations 2008.

2 Commencement
  • (1) Regulations 6, 10, and 14(2) come into force on 1 April 2008.

    (2) The rest of these regulations come into force on 1 October 2008.

3 Principal regulations amended
  • These regulations amend the Fisheries (Reporting) Regulations 2001.

4 Interpretation
  • Regulation 3 is amended by inserting the following definitions in their appropriate alphabetical order:

    non-fish species means the species listed in Part 2A or 2B of Schedule 3

    protected fish species means the species listed in Part 2C of Schedule 3

    species means the species set out in Parts 2, 2A, 2B, or 2C of Schedule 3.

5 Kinds of returns
  • Regulation 4 is amended by inserting the following paragraph after paragraph (ed):

    • (ee) non-fish and protected species catch return:

6 Catch landing returns
  • Regulation 6(3) is amended by revoking paragraph (b) and substituting the following paragraph:

    • (b) 15 days after the last day of the calendar month in which the fishing trip ended for permit holders who take fish, or on whose behalf fish are taken, from a vessel for which a return under subclause (1)(ab), (ac), or (c) must be provided.

7 New regulation 11E inserted
  • The following regulation is inserted after regulation 11D:

    11E Non-fish and protected species catch return
    • (1) A permit holder who takes non-fish species or protected fish species listed in Parts 2A, 2B, or 2C of Schedule 3, whether alive or dead, or on whose behalf non-fish species or protected fish species are taken, whether alive or dead, must complete and provide to the chief executive non-fish and protected species catch returns.

      (2) The permit holder must—

      • (a) complete a return for each fishing trip on which a non-fish species or protected fish species is taken; and

      • (b) complete a row of non-fish or protected fish species catch information in section 3 of the return as soon as it becomes evident that a non-fish or protected fish species has been taken; and

      • (c) complete, as soon as the first row in section 3 of the non-fish and protected species catch return has been completed,—

        • (i) section 4 of the return; and

        • (ii) the permit holder and vessel details in section 5 of the return; and

      • (d) sign and date the return after all fishing reported on the return has been completed; and

      • (e) provide the return to the chief executive no later than the due date for the return that reports the effort during which the non-fish species or protected fish species was taken.

      (3) The permit holder must use the relevant species code listed in Part 2C of Schedule 3 to report protected fish species.

      (4) The permit holder must use the relevant species code listed in Part 2A of Schedule 3 to report non-fish species unless they cannot identify the species, in which case they must use the most appropriate species group code from Part 2B of Schedule 3.

      (5) If a permit holder finds a tag from a marine turtle, the tag number must be reported to the chief executive in the manner specified by the chief executive in relation to the non-fish and protected species catch return.

      (6) A person contravenes this subclause if the person provides a non-fish and protected species catch return after the date it is due, but not more than 1 calendar month after that date.

      (7) A person contravenes this subclause if the person provides or fails to provide a non-fish and protected species catch return more than 1 calendar month after the date it is due.

8 Separate returns required for each vessel or method
  • Regulation 28 is amended by inserting 11E, after 11D,.

9 Return books supplied by chief executive
  • Regulation 29(2) is amended by adding the following paragraph:

    • (k) in the case of return books for non-fish and protected species catch returns, returns in form 13 of Schedule 2.

10 Method of entering certain details on return
  • Regulation 36(1) is amended by adding the following paragraph:

    • (i) container information need not be completed in respect of any returns to the sea properly made in accordance with Schedule 6 of the Fisheries Act 1996.

11 Use of codes for certain entries
  • Regulation 37 is amended by revoking paragraph (b) and substituting the following paragraph:

    • (b) any fish, non-fish, or protected fish species to which the return relates, the person completing the return must enter the appropriate code stated for the species in Part 2, 2A, 2B, or 2C of Schedule 3:.

12 Offences
  • (1) Regulation 42(b) is amended by inserting 11E(2) or (6), after 11D(2) or (3),.

    (2) Regulation 42(c) is amended by inserting 11E(7), after 11D(4),.

13 Schedule 2 amended
  • (1) Schedule 2 is amended by omitting forms 1, 5, 5A, 6, and 7 and substituting the new forms 1, 5, 5A, 6, and 7 set out in Schedule 1 in their respective numerical order.

    (2) Schedule 2 is amended by adding the form 13 set out in Schedule 1.

14 Schedule 3 amended
  • (1) Schedule 3 is amended by inserting the new Parts 2A, 2B, and 2C set out in Schedule 2 after Part 2.

    (2) Part 3 of Schedule 3 is amended by adding the following item:

     “Crab legsLEG”. 

Schedule 1
Amendments to Schedule 2

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Form 1


Form 5


Form 5A


Form 6


Form 7


Form 13


Schedule 2
New Parts 2A, 2B, and 2C of Schedule 3

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Part 2A
Individual non-fish species

Species code Group or individual Type Common name Scientific name
XAF Individual Birds Antarctic fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides
XAP Individual Birds Antarctic petrel Thalassoica antarctica
XPR Individual Birds Antarctic prion Pachyptila desolata
XAG Individual Birds Antipodean and Gibson's albatross Diomedea antipodensis
XGT Individual Birds Australasian gannet Morus serrator
XBP Individual Birds Black petrel Procellaria parkinsoni
XBG Individual Birds Black-backed gull Larus dominicanus
XFT Individual Birds Black-bellied storm petrel Fregetta tropica
XPV Individual Birds Broad-billed prion Pachyptila vittata
XPB Individual Birds Buller's and Pacific albatross Thalassarche bulleri
XBS Individual Birds Buller's shearwater Puffinus bulleri
XCM Individual Birds Campbell albatross Thalassarche impavida
XCC Individual Birds Cape petrel Daption capense
XCI Individual Birds Chatham Island albatross Thalassarche eremita
XDP Individual Birds Common diving petrel Pelecanoides urinatrix
XFP Individual Birds Fairy prion Pachyptila turtur
XFS Individual Birds Flesh-footed shearwater Puffinus carneipes
XFL Individual Birds Fluttering shearwater Puffinus gavia
XGF Individual Birds Great-winged petrel Pterodroma macroptera
XGP Individual Birds Grey petrel Procellaria cinerea
XGB Individual Birds Grey-backed storm petrel Garrodia nereis
XGM Individual Birds Grey-headed albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma
XLM Individual Birds Light-mantled sooty albatross Phoebetria palpebrata
XLB Individual Birds Little blue penguin Eudyptula minor
XMB Individual Birds Masked booby Sula dactylatra fullageri
XNP Individual Birds Northern giant petrel Macronectes halli
XNR Individual Birds Northern royal albatross Diomedea sanfordi
XPS Individual Birds Pied shag Phalacrocorax varius
XRB Individual Birds Red-billed gull Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus
XSA Individual Birds Salvin's albatross Thalassarche salvini
XTS Individual Birds Short-tailed shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris
XSY Individual Birds Shy albatross Thalassarche cauta
XSH Individual Birds Sooty shearwater Puffinus griseus
XSM Individual Birds Southern black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophris
XSP Individual Birds Southern giant petrel Macronectes giganteus
XRA Individual Birds Southern royal albatross Diomedea epomophora
XPP Individual Birds Spotted shag Phalacrocorax punctatus
XAS Individual Birds Wandering albatross Diomedea exulans
XWP Individual Birds Westland petrel Procellaria westlandica
XWB Individual Birds White-bellied storm petrel Fregetta grallaria grallaria
XWM Individual Birds White-capped albatross Thalassarche steadi
XWC Individual Birds White-chinned petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
XWF Individual Birds White-faced storm petrel Pelagodroma marina
XWH Individual Birds White-headed petrel Pterodroma lessonii
XYP Individual Birds Yellow-eyed penguin Megadytes antipodes
BDO Individual Mammals Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus
CDD Individual Mammals Common dolphin Delphinus delphis
DDO Individual Mammals Dusky dolphin Lagenorhynchus obscurus
EPH Individual Mammals Elephant seal Mirounga leonina
FIW Individual Mammals Fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
HDO Individual Mammals Hector's dolphin Cephalorhynchus hectori
HBW Individual Mammals Humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae
LEO Individual Mammals Leopard seal Hydrurga leptonyx
HDM Individual Mammals Maui's dolphin Cephalorhynchus hectori maui
MIW Individual Mammals Minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata
FUR Individual Mammals New Zealand fur seal Arctocephalus forsteri
HSL Individual Mammals New Zealand sea lion Phocarctos hookeri
ORC Individual Mammals Orca Orcinus orca
PIW Individual Mammals Pilot whale Globicephala melas
SEW Individual Mammals Sei whale Balaenoptera borealis
SRW Individual Mammals Southern right whale Eubalaena australis
PHD Individual Mammals Spectacled porpoise Phocoena dioptrica
BSS Individual Reptiles Banded sea snake Laticauda colubrina
GNT Individual Reptiles Green turtle Chelonia mydas
HBT Individual Reptiles Hawksbill turtle Eretmochelys imbricata
LBT Individual Reptiles Leatherback turtle Dermochelys coriacea
LHT Individual Reptiles Loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta
YSS Individual Reptiles Yellow-bellied sea snake Pelamis platurus

Part 2B
Non-fish species groups

Species code Type Common name Scientific name
XAL Birds Albatrosses (Unidentified) Diomedeidae (Family)
XXP Birds Petrels, prions, and shearwaters Hydrobatidae, Procellariidae, and Pelecanoididae (Families)
XLA Birds Gulls and terns Laridae (Family)
XHG Birds Shags Phalacrocoracidae (Family)
XSU Birds Boobies and gannets Sulidae (Family)
XPG Birds Penguins Spheniscidae (Family)
WHT Mammals Dolphins and toothed whales Odontoceti (Suborder)
WHB Mammals Baleen whales Mysticeti (Suborder)
SEA Mammals Seals and sealions Phocidae and Otariidae (Families)
TLE Reptiles Marine turtles Chelonioidea (Superfamily)
SSN Reptiles Sea snakes Hydrophiidae (Family)
CSB Corals, sponges, and bryozoans Corals, sponges, and bryozoans Porifera (Phylum), Bryozoa (Phylum), Alcyonacea (Order), Gorgonacea (Order), Scleractinia (Order), Antipatharia (Order), Stylasteridae (Family)
COU Corals, sponges, and bryozoans Coral (Unidentified) Alcyonacea (Order), Gorgonacea (Order), Scleractinia (Order), Antipatharia (Order), Stylasteridae (Family)
ONG Corals, sponges, and bryozoans Sponges Porifera (Phylum)
COZ Corals, sponges, and bryozoans Bryozoan Bryozoa (Phylum)

Part 2C
Protected fish species

Species code Common name Scientific name
WPS White pointer shark Carcharodon carcharias
SBG Spotted black grouper Epinephelus daemelii
COB Black corals Antipatharia (Order)
ERR Red hydrocorals Errina spp.

Rebecca Kitteridge,
for Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

Regulations 6, 10, and 14(2), which come into force on 1 April 2008,—

  • clarify that the reporting requirement of regulation 6(3)(b) applies in respect of lining trip catch effort returns, trawl catch effort returns, and tuna longlining catch effort returns:

  • amend the requirement under regulation 36 to the effect that container information is not required in respect of fish properly returned to the sea under Schedule 6 of the Fisheries Act 1996:

  • add a further code to Part 3 of Schedule 3.

Regulations 4, 5, 7 to 9, 11 to 13, and 14(1) come into force on 1 October 2008.

The purpose of these regulations is to enable better information to be collected on incidental catch of non-fish and protected fish species, including seabirds, marine mammals, and coral species, as well as to simplify and streamline the reporting requirements for these species. In order to achieve this, a regulated non-fish and protected species catch return (NFPSCR) will be introduced by these regulations. The new return will—

  • allow for fishers to report a wider range of incidental catch of aquatic species, eg, corals, in order to measure benthic impacts; and

  • contribute to the Ministry of Fisheries' better understanding of the effects of fishing on the aquatic environment through provision of high quality information; and

  • provide an initial indication of which fisheries may have a problem with incidental catch of non-fish aquatic species; and

  • require fishers to complete returns in real time, recording the incidental catch on the NFPSCR as soon as practicable after the event; and

  • provide for fishers to furnish a standardised return that will be simpler and more intuitive to complete; and

  • ensure that non-fish incidental catch data and catch effort data can be linked.

Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 28 February 2008.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Fisheries.