The Ministry of Transport is seeking feedback on whether the New Zealand Government should sign up to two international maritime treaties. The treaties seek to improve the safety record of the global fishing industry.
The Cape Town Agreement of 2012 sets international safety standards for the building of new (and conversion of existing) ocean vessels of 24 metres or more in length.
The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel 1995 (STCW-F Convention) sets training and certification standards for crew on vessels of the same size.
Public consultation is open from 8 April to 6 May 2015.
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