OUTPUT 51 COMMERCIAL FISHING RULES ENFORCED
A compliance capacity is provided to take action in commercial fisheries to encourage compliance and deter offending. These actions include monitoring, detection and provision of recommendations to prosecute.
The Ministry maintains a capacity to monitor fishing activity and to investigate those cases where it is suspected that illegal activity has, or is, taking place. The purpose is to maintain the value of New Zealand's fisheries resources, to apprehend those who indulge in illegal activities and to deter others from that approach.
Output 51-performance expectations.
All results achieved to specified quality standards.
||Actual expenditure is within the range of 90% - 110% of the budgeted amount.|
||All agreed results achieved within the specified timeframes.|
Output 51-results table.
||Quality & timeliness
Compliance monitoring and enforcement operations developed and undertaken in accordance with Compliance business policies and the Fishery Officers' Manual
|Some activities (eg specified commercial fishing movement monitored by the satellite Vessel Monitoring System) are not amenable to a measurement standard; but in those that are (eg NZ Defence Force aerial surveillance and patrols), the activity is undertaken in accordance with the prescribed standards.
Compliance activities are ongoing and not subject to a specified time requirement.
Monitoring activities undertaken include:
• specified commercial fishing movement monitored by the satellite Vessel Monitoring System
• observer coverage of a proportion of offshore fishing vessels
• observer supervision of at-sea transhipments available on request
• NZ Defence Force aerial surveillance and patrols
• inshore vessel patrols
• inspections of retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, etc
• receipt of Monthly Harvest Returns monitored - 93.5% received on time
• analysis of fishing return information for vessels, permit holders and licensed fish receivers
• licensed fish receiver audit programme managed
• 554 vessel inspections conducted, indicating a compliance rate of 76%.
• 178 licensed fish receivers inspected, indicating a compliance rate of 77%.
• 384 general inspections conducted, indicating a compliance rate of 74%.
444 Commercial Infringement Notices were issued ($400 and $750 notices).
|The 2004/05 Ministry annual report will contain summaries of operations conducted during the year
||All species as agreed had quota and relevant ACE issued on time for the 2004/05 fishing year.|
|By 1 April 2005, allocate quota for species declared by the Minister to be subject to the quota management system for 1 April 2005; the allocation to be made in accordance with Part IV of the Fisheries Act 1996, and within the quality and timeframes defined in the Ministry's Stock Allocation Policy in respect of that species and stock
26 commercial rules enforcement operations resulted in:
• the detection of offences (16 operations)
• the gaining of intelligence (9 operations)
• the conclusion of training (1 operation).
When offences were detected, the most likely outcome was prosecution (13 operations), but infringement notices and warnings were also given. Other commercial rules enforcement operations are under way.