Seafood processing and farming

If you are a primary or secondary processor of fish, the legal requirements depend on whether you process on land or at sea. Fish farmers also have specific food safety obligations.

Using the summaries, identify your operation and use the menu at the left to learn more about the regulatory requirements. You may also need to consult the Exporting, Managing risk, Fish names – labelling and Fees & charges pages.

Land-based seafood processing premises

Land-based fish processing premises do primary and/or secondary processing of seafood on land. The requirements you must meet depend on:

  • whether you undertake primary or secondary processing
  • whether you process seafood for the New Zealand market or for export.

RMP vessels that process seafood at sea

RMP vessels carry out fishing and primary and/or secondary processing of seafood at sea. Fish processed on RMP vessels may go directly from the vessel to New Zealand or export markets without further processing.

Limited processing fishing vessels (LPFVs)

If you operate an LPFV, there are restrictions on the fish and fish product you can process on board your vessel. The processed fish product may be:

  • exported without further processing, or
  • processed at a land-based fish processing premises.

Inshore fishing vessels

Inshore fishing vessel operators harvest fish and other seafood. You must comply with the Food Act and meet other specific requirements.

Fish farmers

Although the regulation of fish farms is initially a Resource Management Act requirement, there are still food safety requirements that fish farmers need to meet.