Limited processing fishing vessels (LPFVs)

If you operate an LPFV, you need to understand the restrictions on processing, meet the LPFV Regulated Control Scheme (RCS) requirements and register your vessel.

Operators of LPFVs have restrictions on the fish and fish product they can process on board. The processed fish material is usually exported.

Limited fish processing activities

If you operate an LPFV, you are restricted to the following primary processing activities:

  • washing, scaling and gutting
  • deheading, tubing and tailing
  • chilling and freezing
  • storage, packing and transport.

Limited processing does not include filleting. Vessel operators who wish to carry out filleting and other fish processing activities require an RMP. For further information refer to requirements for:

  • RMP vessels processing at sea
  • Inshore fishing vessels

Further information can be found in this Notice.

Meeting requirements for LPFVs

In general, LPFVs are required to register under the LPFV Regulated Control Scheme (RCS).

You can choose to operate under an RMP instead of the RCS. In this case, you need to meet the same requirements as RMP Vessels. These can be found on the RMP Vessels and the Managing Risk pages in the left-hand menu.

Processing for export

If you are processing seafood for export, there are further requirements you need to meet. You can find information about these on the Exporting seafood page in the left-hand menu.

Choosing between the RCS and an RMP

You can elect to change from operating under the RCS to operating under an RMP, and vice versa. It is not possible however to operate under both regimes at the same time, either for your entire operation or a part of it.

RMP vessels doing limited processing

If you undertake limited processing for short periods, but otherwise operate as a RMP vessel, consider including all processing operations in a registered RMP, rather than switching between the RCS and an RMP.

Some fish do not need an RMP

Fish taken in New Zealand's exclusive economic zone that is not landed into New Zealand and not called product of New Zealand are excluded from the Animal Products Act and consequently do not need an RMP. This RMP exemption is provided under clause 4 of the Animal Products (Exemptions and Inclusions) Order 2000.

Who the RCS applies to

If you operate an LPFV and export seafood directly from your vessel, you need to operate under the LPFV RCS.

The RCS covers all limited processing operations carried out on LPFVs, including the processing of fish products and fishmeal.

Key requirements of the RCS

Under the RCS, you need to:

  • register your LPFV
  • develop a documented system for implementing the requirements of the RCS, including the control of food safety hazards
  • get your system checked by a recognised verifier.

There are two legal documents, which define the RCS for LPFV operators.

Guidance to help you meet the requirements of the RCS has been prepared by MPI.

Applying to register your LPFV

Before you begin to trade, you must apply to register your LPFV, using Form AP17.

List of registered LPFVs

MPI, under law, maintains a list of all registered LPFVs. It is available as a searchable database or a list.

RCS Verification

An initial verification report completed by a recognised verifier is required not more than 3 months before the date of the application for registration.

Ongoing verification is completed by a recognised verifier on a performance basis.

Further information can be found in this Notice.