Dated at Wellington this 23rd day of June 2014.
Deputy Director-General, Regulation and Assurance, Ministry for Primary Industries.
This note is not part of the circular, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This circular, which comes into force on 1 July 2014, is made under regulation 58A of the Fisheries (Commercial Fishing) Regulations 2001. It is made by the Deputy Director-General, Regulation and Assurance, of the Ministry for Primary Industries pursuant to an authority delegated under section 41 of the State Sector Act 1988.
This circular sets out mandatory mitigation measures that apply to commercial fishers using the method of surface longlining. The measures are designed to mitigate the effect of fishing-related seabird mortality. The circular requires that, when setting surface longlines, commercial fishers—
use and configure streamer lines in accordance with the specifications prescribed in the circular; and
either set lines at night or weight lines in accordance with the specifications prescribed in the circular.
Streamer lines meeting the requirements of this circular are approved seabird-scaring devices for the purposes of regulation 58(1).
The Schedule sets out best practice guidelines for—
The guidelines do not form part of the specifications set under regulation 58A and do not have the force of law. In the event of any inconsistency with the specifications set out in clauses 7 to 9, the specifications prevail.
Date of notification in Gazette: 26 June 2014.
This circular is administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.