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MPI consultation on draft circulars on digital monitoring of commercial fishing


This consultation has closed.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on draft circulars for the digital monitoring of commercial fishing.  These circulars will set the specifications and standards for the systems and processes used in digital monitoring.

Draft circulars for consultation are:

  • Fisheries (Geospatial Position Reporting Devices) Draft Circular 2017
  • Fisheries (Codes and Information) Draft Circular 2017
  • Fisheries (Event Reporting) Draft Circular 2017
  • Fisheries (Monthly Harvest Returns) Draft Circular 2017


These circulars, and further information, can be accessed from the MPI website Draft circulars on digital monitoring of commercial fishing page.

The consultation closes at 5pm on 21 August 2017.  Contact details for providing feedback are on the MPI website.

Note that the consultation on cameras will take place at a later date.  MPI will advise the date.  This is a highly contentious issue, which covers areas such as the privacy of data, personal privacy, the efficacy of the images as evidence and implications for health and safety.

If you have any legal questions relating to a fisheries matter, please email Peter Dawson, or phone 03 544 1967.

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