A marine consent is an approval granted by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to undertake an activity managed by the Exclusive Economic Zone Act (EEZ Act).
Some activities managed under the Act are permitted, which means they don’t need a marine consent. However, many of these activities are permitted only if specified conditions are met.
The permitted activities include:
- Seismic surveying
- Marine scientific research
- Submarine cabling
- Prospecting for petroleum and minerals
- Exploration for minerals (excluding drilling for petroleum).
All other activity managed under the EEZ Act is termed discretionary and needs a marine consent, or will be managed through transitional provisions.