Important Information: Digital Monitoring - GPR, e-logbooks & Cameras

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 will be made up of the following three components - Geospatial Position Reporting (GPR), Catch and Effort reporting via e-logbooks, and cameras. GPR and e-logbooks will be phased in and will be compulsory for all permit holders by the 1st of April 2018. Cameras will be phased in across the industry from the 1st of October 2018.

Major changes you need to be aware of:

  • Daily Reporting - catch effort will need to be submitted daily via an e-logbook
  • Trawl vessels that are over 28 metres will be required to start using an e-logbook for daily reporting, and have a GPR system in place to transmit their location to MPI from the 1st of October this year.
  • All other permit holders will have 6 months to start using an e-logbook for their daily reporting, and have a GPR system in place. All permit holders must use these systems for all trips or activities starting on or after the 1st of April 2018.
  • All Licensed Fish Receivers will need to submit their returns to FishServe electronically from the 1st of October 2017.

Important to note:

The technical requirements for digital monitoring have not yet been finalised. MPI recommends waiting to purchase systems until they are. Take the time to understand what is required under the new rules, so that you can purchase the correct system once they are available.

Attention Cedric users!

Deepwater Group have asked us to upgrade CEDRIC to ensure they have an interim solution available for all trawl vessels over 28 metres to submit their reports to FishServe from the 1st of October 2017.

We will be contacting all CEDRIC users soon with more information on these changes to CEDRIC.

If you use a trawl vessel over 28 metres and you are not using CEDRIC, please get in touch with FishServe to find out how you can use it to submit your reports electronically.

Attention: Licensed Fish Receivers:

Paper returns will no longer be accepted from the 1st of October!

As per the new regulations, from the 1st of October 2017 all Licensed Fish Receivers will need to submit their returns to FishServe electronically.

If you are already submitting your returns electronically, you don’t need to do anything. If you are currently using paper, FishServe will be sending you all the information you need to get set up and ready to use our online services.

Latest Information from MPI:

The Ministry for Primary Industries is introducing digital monitoring of commercial fishing. This is a major change for all permit holders and skippers. It is vital that you take the time to understand this information to ensure you can meet the new requirements.

MPI sent an email to all permit holders on the 13th of July with information regarding these changes to digital monitoring.

Digital monitoring is made up of three parts – Geospatial Position Reporting (GPR), catch and effort reporting via e-logbooks, and cameras.

  • GPR and e-logbook reporting will be regulated from 1 October this year.
  • Trawl vessels 28m and over will be required to use these systems from that date.
  • All other permit holders will have 6 months to start using an e-logbook for reporting, and have a GPR system in place. All permit holders must use these systems for all trips or activity starting on or after 1 April 2018.
  • There are no exceptions to these requirements.
  • Permit holders will choose and purchase these systems themselves from independent suppliers. Once these systems are available for purchase MPI will provide further information.
  • FishServe will be providing information to permit holders on the e-logbook systems available from September.

e-logbooks

  • Reports submitted from e-logbooks will be accepted by FishServe from 1 October 2017.
  • Paper reporting will not be accepted for any trip or activity beginning on, or after 1 April 2018.
  • What you must report will also be changing. Further information about this will be provided to industry once the final changes are decided.

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.

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.

Consultation

  • The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking feedback on draft circulars for the Digital Monitoring of commercial fishing. Circulars are the legal documents that set the standards and specifications for the systems and processes used in Digital Monitoring.
    This is your opportunity to provide feedback on how Geospatial Position Reporting and e-logbooks will work in practice. Consultation on cameras will take place at a later date – to be advised.
    Please visit MPI’s website to give your feedback: www.mpi.govt.nz/news-and-resources/consultations/draft-circulars-on-digital-monitoring-of-commercial-fishing/

MPI's information is in the pdfs below and is also available on the MPI website: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/law-and-policy/legal-overviews/fisheries/future-of-our-fisheries/digital-monitoring-of-commercial-fishing/

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact MPI at: fisheries@mpi.govt.nz

Information to Permit Holders from MPI