Fishery Officer Āpiha Hao Ika

Fishery officers gather information on all aspects of the fishing industry and enforce fisheries laws.

Fishery officers may do some or all of the following:

  • collect data on caught fish and the working conditions on boats
  • inspect fishing vessels and retail outlets such as cafes and fish shops
  • enforce commercial catch limits and ensure that commercial fishing businesses have the correct documentation
  • enforce fish and shellfish quotas
  • educate people on fishery regulations
  • undertake investigative and surveillance work
  • take legal action against people who break the fisheries laws
  • gather, record and analyse information relating to the fishing industry
  • assist iwi groups with access to their customary fishing rights.

Physical Requirements

Fishery officers need to have a good level of fitness and health, and must be strong as some heavy lifting is involved.

They need to have good hearing and eyesight (with or without corrective lenses). They must also be able to work at sea.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for fishery officers includes:

  • work for NZ Defence Force or police
  • work for customs, quarantine or law enforcement agencies
  • any marine or fishing experience
  • work in education or research
  • security work.

Personal Qualities

Fishery officers need to be:

  • good communicators
  • able to relate to a wide range of people and cultures
  • assertive, mature, honest and responsible
  • good at analysing information and making decisions
  • motivated, able to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • observant
  • able to work well in a team
  • able to handle conflict.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for fishery officers includes:

  • work for NZ Defence Force or police
  • work for customs, quarantine or law enforcement agencies
  • any marine or fishing experience
  • work in education or research
  • security work.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements for this job, but NCEA Level 2 in English and maths are useful.

Fishery Officers can earn around $61K-$100K per year per year.

Fishery officers may progress to jobs in areas such as investigations, analysis and intelligence, or move into management roles.

Fishery officers can specialise in a number of roles, including:
Fishery observer
Fishery observers work on boats to collect information on the working conditions on the boat, the fishing catch and environmental interactions.
Honorary fishery officer network coordinator
Honorary fishery officer network coordinators organise the volunteer fishery officers for their region.
Intelligence officer
Intelligence officers, such as compliance analysts, gather information, investigate, analyse and prepare reports on illegal fishing activities.
Patrol vessel skipper
Patrol vessel skippers run fishery patrol boats and manage the crew.
Surveillance specialist
Surveillance specialists observe and record surveillance using special equipment.
Fishery Officer