The Ministry for Primary Industries is introducing digital monitoring of commercial fishing. This is a major change for all permit holders and skippers, and will mean you need to change the way you currently submit your Catch Effort Data to FishServe, alongside some other significant changes.  

What does this mean?

Digital Monitoring is made up of the following components;

ComponentRequirements

Catch and Effort reporting via e-logbooks

Compulsory for all over 28m trawl vessels from 1 October 2017.

There is a temporary exemption for all other fishers to allow for consultation.  Once the circulars are finalised and the exemption lifted, reporting will be possible with an appropriate e-logbook, and compulsory from 1 April 2018.

Geospatial Position Reporting (GPR)

Compulsory for all over 28m trawl vessels from 1 October 2017. 

There is a temporary exemption for all other fishers to allow for consultation.  Once the circulars are finalised and the exemption lifted, reporting will be possible with an appropriate GPR device, and compulsory from 1 April 2018.

Cameras

Will be phased in from 1 October 2018.

Some exceptions may apply. 

Licensed Fish Receivers

All Licensed Fish Receivers will need to submit electronic returns from 1 October 2017. Paper LFR returns will no longer be accepted.

For more information, see the LFR Digital Monitoring page here.

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Catch and Effort reporting via e-logbooks

For over 28m trawlers, all catch and effort returns will be replaced by event reports as specified in the new Fisheries (Reporting) Regulations 2017 and supporting circulars. 

The following event reports are expected to be submitted electronically;

  • Trip Start
  • Trawl
  • Processing
  • Disposal
  • Non-fish/Protected Species
  • Landing
  • Trip End

FishServe's Cedric application has been upgraded to meet the reporting requirements for over 28m trawlers from 1 October 2017. For more information, see the Cedric information page here.

Other e-logbook options are still under-development with other providers. More information on these as they are developed will be available on our E-Logbooks and GPR systems page here

If electronic reporting fails whilst you are at sea

If your e-logbook fails, and you are unable to record event data, or unable to transmit event data you must notify MPI of the nature of the failure by emailing fisheries@mpi.govt.nz.

   If you are unable to record data:

  • use an alternative method of recording all the required event and trip-related data. Paper versions of the events are available for download on our Digital Monitoring forms page here. We recommend downloading and printing some paper versions to carry onboard your vessel to have available in case of system failure.

   If you are unable to transmit reports:

  • continue recording the event and trip-related data.

Upon returning to port, in both cases, supply the appropriate event reports and trip-related data to FishServe via an authorised electronic device. Do not send in the paper versions you have used to record your data whilst at sea. The information needs to be entered and submitted electronically.

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Geospatial Position Reporting (GPR)

For over 28m trawlers, all vessels must be equipped with a GPR device as specified in the new Fisheries (Geospatial Position Reporting) Regulations 2017 and supporting circulars. Existing ALCs are compliant with these regulations, so can continue to be used. 

There are GPR and E-Logbook all-in-one solutions under-development with other providers, one of whom is FishServe's subsidiary company FINNZ. More information on these solutions can be found on our E-Logbooks and GPR systems page here

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Cameras

  • Cameras will be phased in across the industry from 1 October 2018.
  • Cameras will not be required on vessels used solely by fishers hand-gathering.
  • Cameras will not be required for tenders used in purse-seining.
  • Cameras will not be required for land-based operations conducted without vessels, such as eeling.
  • Cameras will not be required on vessels solely supporting divers.

MPI will begin a consultation process for electronic monitoring (cameras) in the coming months. For more information, see the MPI digital monitoring information page here.

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Costs

  • Permit holders will choose and pay for the systems of their choice.
  • GPR systems are expected to cost between $1,000 and $2,000 per vessel, and up to $1,000 per year to operate.
  • Cameras are expected to cost between $5,000 and $18,000 per vessel, depending on size and function, and up to $2,000 per year to operate.
  • Permit holders will be responsible for installing the systems on their vessels.
  • Permit holders will be responsible for the cost of transmitting their catch reporting to FishServe (This cost may be incorporated into the e-logbook systems that are available).
  • Individual permit holders will not pay for the cost of GPR transmissions.

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For further information, MPI have produced a Geospatial Position Reporting and E-logbook reporting Guide for >28m trawl vessels. A copy of this is available to download from their website here.