Fisheries research processes

We follow processes to ensure that our research produces accurate and useful information. Find out how we plan and review research and our research standards.

Planning fisheries research

We determine what the research needs for fisheries are through our:

  • fisheries plan processes
  • fisheries management 5-year operational plans
  • fisheries management annual tactical plans
  • obligations under international fisheries plans.

These plans help us to achieve our research goals and purposes.

Research opportunities

Opportunities may be openly advertised through the Government Electronic Tendering Service. Suppliers can register for free.

Research contracting and tendering

Most fisheries research that we contract is fully contestable. We award project contracts by following a competitive tendering process.

Evaluations and negotiations start after a tender round closes, and may overlap with the periods in which tenders are invited. Our cost recovery obligations mean that we need to consult with commercial organisations on a project if:

  • objectives are added to or removed from a project
  • projects are delayed for a long time
  • costs are very different to the estimates.

We award contracts to the tenderer who we believe can best provide the required service cost effectively.

Tender instructions and information about the evaluation process and the evaluation criteria are included in tender documents. 

Research and science information standards

All research must meet Fisheries New Zealand's quality standards.

Research and Science Information Standard for NZ Fisheries [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Reviewing research outcomes

Fisheries New Zealand runs technical working groups as needed to evaluate research and review outcomes. These groups follow a peer-review process to ensure the research is accurate.

Technical working groups review:

  • research on aquatic environment issues (including protected species)
  • fish stock assessments
  • recreational catch estimates
  • biodiversity research.

There are science working groups for:

  • Antarctic
  • Aquatic Environment
  • Biodiversity Research (BRAG)
  • Deepwater and Middle Depths
  • Eel
  • Fisheries data
  • Highly Migratory Species
  • Hoki
  • Northern Inshore
  • Marine Amateur Fisheries
  • Research Co-ordinating Committee
  • Rock Lobster
  • Shellfish
  • Southern Inshore
  • Stock Assessment Methods
  • Plenary.

Who to contact

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