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4.3(b)(i)   Observer Coverage Exemption – New Zealand Flag Purse Seine Vessels

Initially Adopted

  • April 20, 2015
This measure also applies to the PVR

An exemption is granted for tuna caught by New Zealand flag purse seine vessels that operate only within New Zealand waters targeting free school skipjack during the summer season (approximately between January and April each year).

These vessels are subjected to less than 100% observer coverage by the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries but are adequately monitored and managed and their catch and effort data are provided to SPC and WCPFC. For the purposes of this measure, large-scale purse seine vessels are those with at least 335 m3 fish hold volume.