High seas fishing permit

Operators of New Zealand registered vessels must have a high seas fishing permit to catch or transport fish on the high seas. Find out how to apply for a permit.

New Zealanders on foreign vessels

New Zealand nationals can't use a foreign-registered vessel to fish on the high seas unless they are authorised to do so by the country the vessel is flagged to. That country must be a party to:

  • the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement 
  • the FAO Agreement to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas
  • a relevant global, regional or sub-regional fisheries organisation or arrangement.

A New Zealand national is a New Zealand citizen, resident or body corporate.

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