Before becoming a commercial fisher in New Zealand, you need to be aware of how the Quota Management System works and your legal obligations under the Fisheries Act 1996. These are explained under the relevant information headings (Permit Holders, Vessel Operators, Quota Share Owners, ACE Owners and Licensed Fish Receivers).

To become a commercial fisher or to apply for a Fish Receivers License you first need to register as a FishServe client. To do this you need to complete a client application form.

There is no fee to register as a client. After your application is processed you will be notified of your client number and you will be able to apply for a fishing permit or to register a fishing vessel and obtain some ACE or quota shares.

In March 2014 FishServe introduced a 'System re-development Levy' fund the re-build of the computer system used to run our registry services.  The current system was originally built in 2000/01 and is now in need of replacement.

The levy amounts to approximately $300,000 per annum and will run for up to 7 years.  As has always been our practice, we will endeavour to remove the levy as quickly as possible.  The levy is charged to clients on the basis of the volume of their activity with FishServe.  This is calculated by each client paying a % of the levy equal to the percentage that they pay towards FishServe current charges.  For example:   a client currently paying 0.5% of FishServe's current charges will also pay 0.5% of the new levy.

All clients receive a Client Details Annual Update form, which must be completed and returned within 14 days of receipt of the form. If any of your personal information details change, you must inform FishServe of the changes within one calendar month of the change.