Most Read Contributor in New Zealand, September 2016
If you have interests in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic
Zone or are planning to in the future, you need to engage with
Managing our Oceans - a government discussion document
outlining proposals to regulate the EEZ.
The regulations will sit under the umbrella of the soon to be
enacted Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf
(Environmental Effects) Bill, Chapman Tripp's commentaries on
which are available
You can have a say on which activities should be regulated, the
criteria to determine activity status, and cost recovery options.
Written submissions are due to the Ministry for the Environment by
5pm Wednesday 20 June.
Managing our oceans
The EEZ Bill provides for permitted activities (which do not
require consent), regulated activities and prohibited activities.
No activities have been identified for prohibition at this
Proposed permitted activities, subject to standards, for oil and
gas and seabed mining are:
shallow core sampling
use of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) or
All other oil and gas and seabed mining activities would require
a marine consent.
Other proposed permitted activities include submarine cabling
and marine scientific research.
The discussion document is also seeking feedback on cost
recovery and implementation.
The EEZ Bill establishes a regime for managing activities and
their environment effects in the EEZ and on the continental shelf.
But the Bill is something of an empty shell as all the detail
relating to the status of activities, permitted activity standards
and technical standards and methods will be prescribed by
Regulations can also close areas of the EEZ to all activities,
although the discussion document does not make any specific
proposals in this regard.
The information in this article is for informative purposes
only and should not be relied on as legal advice. Please contact
Chapman Tripp for advice tailored to your situation.
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