Fisheries and conservation services levies
The commercial fisheries sector is charged for fisheries and conservation services through regular levies. Find out the latest levies and what services they cover.
About the levies
We charge commercial fishers regular levies for:
- fisheries services that relate to managing commercial fisheries
- conservation services (on behalf of the Department of Conservation).
What you'll be charged
You will be charged:
- monthly levies for every quota share you own
- an annual levy based on the weight of non-quota species (albacore tuna, seal shark, skipjack tuna and octopus) you landed under a fishing permit (issued under the Fisheries Act 1996).
We update the cost-recovery levy orders for the fishing industry every year.
Download the latest levies [XLSX, 92 KB]
Summary of feedback on proposed levies for 2019-2020
In June 2019, the Ministry of Fisheries sought submissions on proposed levies for the 2019/20 fishing year. The link below contains our summary of submissions and responses to queries on specific research projects.
Fisheries 2019-2020 analysis of submissions [PDF, 550 KB]
Services covered by levies
Levies cover costs of:
- monitoring commercial fishing activities
- fisheries stock assessment research
- research necessary to manage and mitigate the effects of commercial fishing on the aquatic environment and biodiversity, including protected species
- monitoring commercial fishing activity through observer coverage
- administering commercial fishing services, registries and quota.
Find out more
Who to contact
If you have questions about levy calculations, email email@example.com