The NZ seafood industry plays a key role in the country’s economy. Our seafood products are world class, contributing around $2 billion in export earnings in 2020 and employing more than 13,000 people. To maintain our place on the world stage, there is increasing demand from our local and international customers to prove that our product is caught sustainably without harm to the environment.
The government have stated that installing cameras onboard commercial vessels will be proof of our sustainable fishing practices and form a key part of the long-term health and resilience of our marine ecosystems. On-board cameras will be installed on up to 300 commercial fishing vessels between 2022 and 2024. Cameras will be used to record footage of onboard fishing activity in real time.
The camera footage provided will be used to:
This voyage will take you through 4 modules to help you prepare for increased visibility and responsibilities following the launch of the On-board Camera Project for commercial fishing vessels.
The total course will take you approximately 90 minutes online and you are able to do one module at a time or all, at a time that suits you. On completion of all modules you will receive a Responsible Fisher Passport Certificate. This video will provide you with an overview of the course and an introduction to the on-board camera project.
If for any reason there is a problem with the operation of the on-board cameras, please call 0800 225 674.This number will be staffed by Spark Business Group 24/7 from November 2022. Use this number to log any issues identified before departure or that occur at sea. The support desk staff will work with you urgently to resolve any issues, collect information should you need to apply for an exemption, and minimise any potential disruption to fishing activities.
If you cannot meet your obligations to report electronically then contact MPI on 0800 00 8333
If you need advice on how to report electronically contact FishServe on 04 460 9550
If you need support with the development of your Protected Species Management Plan, advice on best practice mitigation or in-person training for your crew. Email: [email protected]
If you would like to get in touch with FirstMate, visit them online at www.firstmate.org.nz to find out more or give them a call on 0800 ADRIFT (237 438) any day between 7am and 10pm to talk through what you need to stay on course.
To become a commercial fisher in New Zealand it’s important to understand the legal requirements to fish and the regulations in place to ensure this is managed sustainably.
This module is provided in two parts.
The commercial fishing industry plays an important role in protecting our marine environment. We provide valuable data on fish stocks, marine mammals and seabirds to reduce unwanted interactions with all protected species.
Fishers are increasingly investing in new technology and changes to the design and operation of fishing gear to improve the quality of the catch and reduce our environmental footprint to protect our oceans and life that lives in, on, or around it.
This module will help raise your awareness on
New Zealand is recognised as a world leader in seafood due our responsible and sustainable fishing methods. To gain access to our international markets there are mandatory requirements. Our local markets are expecting similar standards, and this includes not only looking at how we fish sustainably, but also how we care for our workers, the health and safety practices that we use and how we ensure our fish meets food safety and hygiene standards. Knowing the process, ask yourself “Would I eat this fish and would the customers by happy with our onboard processes?”
On-board cameras could be used to verify, that we meet these requirements.
This module will help raise your awareness on:
Vessels are a dynamic workplace, and some days are more challenging than others as catches, weather and general operations can change at the drop of a hat. As a Responsible Fisher, we manage these challenges with good health & safety practices, so that every day, is a safe day!
We have searched the web to find you the resources you need to be a Responsible Fisher. Click on the resource name to open up the PDF. You can then download the resource and print.
On-board cameras a guide for vessel owners and crew
On-board cameras quick reference guide
On-board cameras FAQ
Required dead seabird camera images
DOC – 10 golden rules for bottom longliners
DOC – 10 golden rules for small surface longliners
DOC – 10 golden rules for coastal trawling
DOC – 10 golden rules for purse seine operations
Fisheries Inshore NZ – 10 golden rules for non-fish or protected species catch reports
DOC – Protected species handling guide
MPI – Conservation & management of NZ sharks
MPI – Fur seal handling & release and crew safety
MPI – Turtle handling & release and crew safety
ACAP – Hook removal from seabirds
Fisheries NZ – A day in the life of a fisher – electronic reporting
Fisheries NZ – Electronic catch and position reporting guidelines
Fisheries NZ – Technology solutions guide for electronic catch and position reporting
Fisheries NZ – What to do if your electronic catch and reporting technology fails
Fisheries NZ – Electronic monitoring on vessels circular 2022
Fisheries Management Fact Sheet 1 – Accurate reporting
Fisheries Management Fact Sheet 4 – Spatial and temporal regulations & restrictions
Fisheries Management Fact Sheet 5 – Protected fish species and reporting requirements for non-fish protected species
Fisheries NZ – Requirements for returning sharks to the Sea (Schedule 6)
Fisheries NZ – Landing shark fins subject to ratio
Fisheries NZ – Landing of sharks with fins attached
Fisheries Management Fact Sheet 3 – Requirements to use seabird mitigation devices on trawl vessels
Fisheries NZ – Seabird mitigation measures – bottom longliners between 7 & 20m excl autoliners
Fisheries NZ _ Seabird mitigation measures – bottom longliners for vessels 20m or greater and all autoliners
Fisheries NZ – Seabird bycatch mitigation standards guide for over 28m trawl
Fisheries NZ – Seabird bycatch mitigation standards guide – bottom longline (autoline)
Fisheries NZ – Seabird bycatch mitigation standards guide – set net
DOC – Managing artificial lights to reduce seabird vessel strikes
DOC – Managing artificial lights to reduce diving petrel vessel strikes
DOC – A fishers guide to NZ coastal seabirds
DOC – A fishers guide to NZ seabirds
DOC – A fishers guide to protected marine mammals
DOC – A fishers guide to NZ protected fish & reptiles
DOC – Coral identification guide
NZSSC – Food safety guidelines for inshore fishing vessels 2006
Fisheries Inshore NZ – Small vessel surface longline crew and vessel safety guide while using mitigation devices
FirstMate – Health & Safety
FirstMate – Managing Employees
FirstMate – Wellbeing FAQ’s
FirstMate – Managing Stress for Fishers
DOC has produced some excellent videos to illustrate how mitigation devices work. A great training tool for crew.
Bird bafflers are an essential mitigation tool in trawl fisheries. The purpose of this device is to deter seabirds away from the area where the net and warp cables enter the water.
A tori line is an essential mitigation tool in longline fisheries to scare birds away from the mainline and therefore the hooks they sink. It is also used in trawl fisheries to deter seabirds from coming into contact with trawl warps.
Hook shielding devices is new innovation currently on the market. This device shields the hooks from the seabirds when setting the line, by covering the barb of hooks until the baited hook is below the diving range of the birds.
Birds are most at risk between the time when hooks leave the vessel to when they sink below the diving range of the birds. Line weighting close to the hooks and setting speed are both essential components to making sure your sink rates are effective.
Night setting can greatly reduce the incidental capture of seabirds. Despite this, the moon phase effects light levels at night-time which can greatly increase nocturnal birds ability to detect fishing activity. Keeping deck lighting to a minimum will reduce seabird attraction to fishing vessels.
The discharge of offal and fish waste acts as an attractant to seabirds to areas of high risk, managing when and where this discharge occurs will greatly reduce the chance of interactions resulting in injuries and mortality of protected species.