Trade validators

If you are an MPI authorised fisheries trade validator, you must identify all southern bluefin tuna shipments and make sure the fish are correctly tagged and documented. Find out what you need to do and how to become a trade validator.


What you need to know

The Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) manages international southern bluefin tuna fisheries. CCSBT use a catch documentation scheme (CDS) to track southern bluefin tuna catch and trade. This helps prevent illegal fishing and trade in the species.

If you are an MPI authorised trade validator, you must identify all southern bluefin tuna and make sure they are correctly tagged and documented before the fish go to market or are exported.

What you need to do

Southern bluefin tuna must be identified correctly to enter the market. Make sure you are familiar with different tuna species.

Check catch and harvest details

For all shipments of southern bluefin tuna, you must check the catch/harvest section of the CDS Catch monitoring form

View an example Catch monitoring form [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Check that details in the table 'Description of fish' are correct, including the:

  • net weight of fish
  • total number of whole fish.

Make sure fish are tagged correctly

 

Close-up of southern bluefin tuna with tag attached to bottom of gills.
A CDS tagged southern bluefin tuna

Make sure any whole southern bluefin tuna have CDS tags attached to them. A 'whole' fish includes fish that have had:

  • no processing (code RD on the form)
  • the gills and gut removed with tail left on (code GGO)
  • the gills, gut and tail removed (code GGT).

 

 

 

Validate the catch/harvest section

If the fish are correctly tagged and documented on the form, sign the catch/harvest section and validate with your MPI stamp – issued to all authorised trade validators. Stamp each copy – not just the copy that goes with the shipment.

Check export details

If southern bluefin tuna are for export, you also need to check the export section of the Catch monitoring form.

Validate the export section

If all details have been completed correctly, sign the export section and validate with your MPI trade validator stamp. Stamp each copy – not just the copy that goes with the shipment.

Validate the Re-export or export after landing form

If southern bluefin tuna are being re-exported or exported after being previously landed as domestic product, they must be accompanied by a Re-export or export after landing form. Trade validators are responsible for validating this form. 

Provide a copy of completed forms to MPI

Send a copy of completed forms to MPI:

HMS Fisheries   
MPI
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6011

Other trade validator tasks

The licensed fish receiver that receives the fish completes the CDS Catch tagging form. A copy of this form is provided to MPI (it doesn’t go with the fish to market). You don't need to validate the Catch tagging form, but may help the licensed fish receiver complete it.
Trade validators can also validate New Zealand fish export statistical documents.

Becoming an MPI authorised trade validator

Authorised trade validators must:

  • get approval from MPI
  • complete unit standard 17573 Complete the documentation requirements for the Ministry of Fisheries trade information and catch documentation scheme.

Once approved, MPI records your name and other information on a list of authorised validators and submits the list to CCSBT.

Find out more about the unit standard for trade validators

Who to contact

If you have questions about authorised trade validators, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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