Deemed values

Commercial fishers who catch more fish than their annual catch entitlement may be charged the 'deemed value' of the extra catch. Learn how deemed values work and find the latest rates.

About deemed values

If you catch more fish than your annual catch entitlement (ACE), you will have to either:

  • pay the 'deemed value' of the extra catch
  • buy more ACE to cover it.

The deemed value is calculated using a rate set by Fisheries New Zealand for each fish stock in the Quota Management System (QMS).

Deemed values are higher than the cost of buying ACE. This encourages commercial fishers to use ACE to balance their catch – and keep catch within the limits we set each year.

Balance your catch

FishServe – a company that provides fisheries services on our behalf – will send you a catch balance report every month (usually by email). This compares your reported catch for each fish stock, for the year so far, to your ACE.

If you don't have enough ACE to cover your catch, FishServe will send you an invoice for the deemed value. There are 2 types of deemed values – interim and annual.

If you owe more than $1,000, your fishing permit will be suspended until you pay the deemed value.

Deemed value rates

Deemed values are calculated using rates set by Fisheries New Zealand. Check these spreadsheets to find the deemed value rates for different fish stocks. Note, the deemed value rates are as at 1 October 2019 and include all stocks within the QMS regardless of the fishing year the stock belongs to.

Who to contact

If you have questions about deemed values, contact FishServe

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