The Ministry of Transport is sought feedback on whether the New Zealand Government should sign up to two international maritime treaties.

The treaties seek to improve the safety record of the global fishing industry.

Public consultation ran from 8 April to 6 May 2015.

The Ministry is incorporating feedback it received from stakeholders into the advice we provide to the Government on whether to sign up to the treaties.

The Cape Town Agreement of 2012(external link) sets international safety standards for the building of new (and major conversions of existing) ocean fishing vessels of 24 metres or more in length. Our discussion paper assesses benefits and costs for the fishing industry if the New Zealand Government were to sign up to the Cape Town Agreement. Our initial investigations show that if New Zealand became party to the Cape Town Agreement, there would be no significant costs for the fishing industry and only minor changes required to New Zealand law.

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel 1995 (or STCW-F Convention(external link)) sets training and certification standards for crew on seagoing vessels of 24 metres or more in length. Our consultation paper assesses the benefits of signing up to the STCW-F Convention. We do not anticipate any costs of signing up to the STCW-F Convention, as New Zealand law is already largely compliant with the Convention.

Useful information

View the Ministry’s media statement on this consultation here [PDF, 148 KB]
View common questions and answers on this consultation here [PDF, 353 KB]