The Commodity Levy

Commodity Levy Renewal

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Commodity Levy is used to fund the Council’s general work and by CSOs to fund projects.

The current Levy rate came into effect on 1 October 2005. A proposal to renew the Commodity Levy at the existing rate in August 2006 received strong endorsement from the industry. The postal ballot resulted in 82% support by the simple proportion of votes in favour and against. The value of rights represented by each vote was also calculated and received 96% support.

The Levy Order was extended in December 2006 until 10 March 2013.

Declared Port Prices
The Levy is set against the Declared Port Prices for all commercially caught and produced fish, including fish produced from aquaculture. The Declared Port Price is the simple average of independently surveyed prices paid for fish over the last three years.

The Port Price is established by an independent survey, conducted by the Ministry of Fisheries, of the prices that would be paid during each 12 month period for the fish (excluding goods and services tax) by an independent processor buying from an independent fisher or fish farmer. Where survey data is inadequate an estimate is made. Port Prices are based on the best available information.

Levy Rates Calculation
The Levy is calculated in two components. The Core Services Levy that funds the generic industry services provided by the Council in its Business Plan to 30 September 2007 is set at a rate of 0.525% of the Declared Port Price. Where a species managed under the Quota Management System has been under-caught by more than 20% of the TACC for the last three years (i.e. less than 80% of the TACC has been caught) the levy rate has been adjusted down in proportion to match the average catch rate.
The second component of levy in a number of cases is the Stock Specific Levy. This is a levy to be collected to pay for projects mandated by levy payers for those particular stocks and will purchase projects related to those stocks to be undertaken by Commercial Stakeholder Organisations that represent those fish stocks as shareholders in SeaFIC.

The maximum total levy that is permitted in the Levy Order is 5%. The maximum levy that has been set in all cases is less than the maximum. The total levies are set out in the Schedule below.

Collecting the Levy
The Levy on species managed under the Quota Management System is collected on a monthly basis by invoicing owners of quota. Invoices are sent out monthly to all Levy Payers whose levy liabilities are more than $50 in the month. Where a Levy Payer’s total liability is less than $50 a month, the liability accrues until it has reached $50, at which point a levy invoice and statement is issued.
For species outside the Quota Management System, including fish produced from fish farming (aquaculture), levy is collected at the point of sale to licensed fish receivers or fish processors. Direct sales by fish farmers to the public are also liable to pay levy.


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Industry Structure

The New Zealand seafood industry works under a structure comprising Rights Owners, Commercial Stakeholder Organisations (CSOs), and the company established to work on behalf of the industry – the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council. The relationships between these various components of the industry are shown in the diagram at right.

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council works on behalf of the New Zealand industry, looking after the interests of a diverse industry and promoting healthy growth.

The Council’s main focus is in shaping policies and the regulatory framework, lobbying for surety of access to fisheries, reducing tariffs, working co-operatively on fisheries management and environmental issues and also providing an avenue for funding for scientific research and value-added information.

Council subsidiary, Commercial Fisheries Services Ltd – FishServe as it is commonly known – operates many aspects of the quota management system, including the registry of quota ownership, trades, catch entitlements, permits and catch records for the Ministry of Fisheries and other stakeholders.
“Seafood New Zealand”
Also under the Council’s umbrella is the monthly Seafood New Zealand magazine with a readership of more than 18,000 people ranging from skippers to fishing company executives and researchers to consumers.
Seafood ITO
Another key role for the levy-funded Council is providing training programmes through the Seafood Industry Training Organisation (Seafood ITO). Seafood ITO aims to ensure that the industry has available the skills and experience needed at every stage of the harvest and delivery system in order for the industry to compete internationally and meet customer and consumer needs.
Industry structure
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The Council in Action

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council provides professional, contestable advice to government and the industry on sound fisheries management policies and practices. Through information, consultation and input into central and local government decision-making processes, the Council assists the growth of the industry. Underpinning this is a commitment to sustainable development and to protect New Zealand’s marine resources.

In 1997 the Council assumed most of the functions of the New Zealand Fishing Industry Board under an Agency Agreement. Since then the Council’s primary role has been to promote the healthy development of the New Zealand seafood industry. This occurs through advocacy, policy development, and the provision of scientific and educational services to the commercial seafood industry.

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Board
The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council is governed by a Board of up to eight Directors appointed by the industry. Directors are appointed by shareholder vote at the Annual General Meeting from nominations made by shareholders. Shareholders in the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council are Commercial Stakeholder Organisations, their agent or any other person approved by the Board.
Shareholders attending the AGM, or in writing, vote in favour of one or more people nominated for appointment to any vacancy on the Board. Each year at least one third of the Directors are required to retire from office, but remain eligible for reelection at that meeting. The Directors to retire are those who have been longest in office since their last election.

The Directors elect one of their number as chairperson of the Board. The chairperson of the Board holds that office until he or she vacates it or the Directors elect a chairperson in his or her place.

The Annual General Meeting is generally held in February of every year.

Current Board members
Dave Sharp, Chairman

Eric Barratt, Managing Director, Sanford Ltd

Peter Vitasovich, Chair, Aquaculture New Zealand

Jeremy Fleming, CEO, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd

Ross Tocker, General Manager Operations, Sealord Group Ltd

Andrew Talley, Director, Talley’s Fisheries Ltd

Daryl Sykes, Executive Director, New Zealand Rock Lobster Industry Council

Tony Threadwell, Director, Pegagus Fishing Ltd

New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Constitution 219kB
Industry Structure
The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council is a company owned by the industry. Its brief is to look after the generic interests of a diverse and exciting industry and promote healthy growth.

For further information about how the Council fits within the industry, how that industry operates and is funded, see Industry Structure.


About us

The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Ltd works on behalf of the New Zealand seafood industry. The industry is made up of about 2500 participating enterprises, including fishermen and aquaculturists and family-owned, publicly listed and joint venture seafood companies, fisheries management organisations and retailers.

The Council in Action

The Council is a company owned by the industry. Its main areas of focus are in shaping policies and the industry’s regulatory framework, lobbying for surety of access to fisheries, reducing tariffs, working co-operatively on fisheries management and environmental issues, and providing an avenue for funding for scientific research and value-added innovation. More information click here »

You can find out more about the structure of the New Zealand industry and how the Council fits within it; the Council’s Business Plan, its Board, and its Constitution.

Business Units
The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council is organised into four business Units.

The Science group is responsible for fisheries science, research and development. This includes strategic science policy, influencing and monitoring research processes and supporting fishery management development. Find out more about Science.

The Policy group supports the seafood industry with strategic policy advice in key areas including fisheries law andregulations, property rights in capture fisheries and aquaculture, and environmental issues. Find out more about Policy.

Trade and Information

The Trade and Information group comprises three areas of activity:

Trade and International Policy works closely with government to identify opportunities for improving market access for New Zealand seafood products.

The Information Centre provides library and information services to the industry itself, government, and the public.

The Seafood Standards Council is an official committee of the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council and is primarily concerned with the assurance of food safety for seafood produced in New Zealand.

Seafood ITO is the Industry Training organisation (ITO) for New Zealand’s seafood industry. Seafood ITO delivers high quality education and training to people of all ages and levels of experience employed in the seafood industry. Find out more about the Seafood ITO.
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