The New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen (Inc) is an Incorporated Society (under the Incorporated Societies Act) and is a Federation of Associations of fishermen who, by their affiliation, support the national body. The national body (the Federation's National Executive) is elected by its Members at the Annual Conference from the ranks and comprises of:
- 1 President
- 1 Vice-President
- 7 Committee Members
The election of the Officers and the policy making decisions are carried out per the standard democratic process of one person, one vote.
The National Executive Committee promotes and exercises the policy decreed by the membership and attends to the day-to-day administrative affairs of the organisation.
In this the Executive Committee is assisted by permanent part-time staff, comprising:
- NZFCF Admin Officer based in Wellington
Other people with particular skills are also engaged from time to time to carry out specific duties and functions.