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Commercial fishers who do not balance catch with Annual Catch Entitlement (ACE) must pay a financial penalty, a deemed value payment. Sometimes fishers cannot source enough ACE to cover their catch. Deemed values are charged for each kilo of overcatch not covered by ACE. The per kilo cost may ramp up, on a sliding scale, depending on the species.
Deemed value rates are reviewed according to the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI’s) Deemed Value Guidelines. Application of these Guidelines has identified six stocks for review in 2016.
MPI has proposed to retain the status in three of these six stocks – Giant spider crab 5 (GSC5), Southern blue whiting 1 (SBW1) and Coromandel scallops (SCA CS).
MPI proposes changes in the deemed value rates for three other stocks: Sea cucumber 3 (SCC3), Triangle shell 7 (SAE7) and Deepwater tuatua 7 (PDO7).
The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council worked with LegaSea and New Zealand Angling and Casting Association (NZACA) to submit in response to the proposals for Coromandel scallops (SCA CS), Triangle shell 7 (SAE7) and Deepwater tuatua 7 (PDO7). The Council has made substantive submissions on the deemed value regime for a decade. Our 2012 deemed value submission is here.
The joint submitters believe the deemed value regime needs to be acknowledged as a failure to constrain commercial catch to the statutory limits sets in some fish stocks. A more flexible mechanism is required to remove the incentive for fishers to overcatch the Total Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC).
The current review demonstrates the earlier concerns are still valid because the deemed value system continues to incentivise either overfishing or dumping, depending on the landed and export price of that species.
Approval. Minister. 17 Mar 2016
The Minister for Primary Industries, has increased the deemed value rates applying to three species, including two surf clam species that were being overfished. The new rates still provide an incentive to excessively harvest these stocks and make a healthy profit. Nathan Guy. 17 March 2016.
Submission. Recreational interests. 11 Feb 2016
Submission recommends the deemed value regime is acknowledged as a failure to constrain commercial catch to the statutory limits in two shellfish stocks. Also, that a more flexible mechanism needs to be developed to remove the incentive for commercial fishers to overmatch the TACC and receive increased ACE in the future. Submission by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council-LegaSea and the New Zealand Angling & Casting Association. 11 February 2016.
Deemed value proposal summary. NZSFC. 26 Jan 2016
Summary of the deemed value proposal from MPI. This summary highlights concerns that in a target fishery such as Triangle shell and Deepwater tuatua, excessive overcatch is cynical and unacceptable. NZSFC. 26 January 2016.
Deemed value proposal. MPI. 14 Jan 2016
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) propose new deemed value rates for two fish stocks whose TACCs have been regularly overcaught: Triangle shell 7 (SAE7) and Deepwater tuatua 7 (PDO7). MPI also propose to increase the deemed value rate for Sea Cucumber 3 (SSC3). MPI. 14 January 2016.
Submission. Deemed value review. NZSFC. July 2012
Submission on the review of deemed value rates for selected inshore stocks. Submission by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council. 30 July 2012.