Marine scientific research, prospecting and exploration
Certain activities are permitted in the EEZ without a marine consent as long as you follow certain rules.
Marine scientific research, prospecting and exploration in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf (CS) is regulated under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects- Permitted Activities) Regulation 2013.
Sticking to the rules
Under regulation 5, marine scientific research, prospecting and exploration are permitted activities if you follow certain rules. These include pre- and post- activity requirements.
Your pre-activity requirements are set out in regulation 5 and Schedule 1 of the regulations. These includes notifying the EPA and iwi, no later than 40 days and 25 days before activity commences, respectively. The EPA will provide you with a list of iwi to contact. No later than five days before activity commences you must report to the EPA on your contact with iwi and also provide an initial environmental assessment and sensitive environments contingency plan. The required content of the assessment is set out in Schedule 2 of the regulation.
Your post- activity requirements are set out in regulation 5 and Schedule 4 of the regulations. These include notifying the EPA within 24 hours of commencement and completion of your activity, as well as reporting on the activity to the EPA within 60 days of completion.
You must also comply with the logbook requirements set out in Schedule 3 of the regulations.
Have a look at our guidance document for more information on marine scientific research, prospecting and exploration permitted activities and how to comply with the conditions.
To find out more about the requirements visit the Legislation New Zealand website and search for the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects - Permitted Activities) Regulation 2013. A link to the website is provided at the bottom of this page.
Forms and submission
Links to the Notice of commencement and Notice of completion Forms, as well as the logbook template are provided below.
The other Forms and Schedules you need to comply with the requirements are found in the Permitted Activities Regulation 2013, which you will find on the New Zealand Legislation website.
The deadlines for submissions are in brackets.
Please email your forms, logbooks and reports. Your email must include details of the person undertaking the activity ('the operator'), the name of the person supplying the completed form(s), and a statement that the person is authorised to supply the form on behalf of the operator.
Email these to email@example.com.
If you prefer to submit your documents by post you can send hard copies to: Environmental Protection Authority, Private Bag 63002, Wellington 6140
Form - Pre-activity - notice to the EPA (docx 137KB) (40 working days before activity commences)
Form - Pre-actitivty - notice to relevant iwi (docx 1.06MB) (25 working days before activity commences)
Form - Pre-activity - environmental assessment and sensitive environments contingency plan (docx 1.06MB) (5 working days before activity commences)
Form - Notice of commencement (docx 1.04MB) (24 hours after activity commences)
Form - Notice of completion (docx 1.05MB) (24 hours after activity completes)
Form - Post-activity report (docx 1.06MB) (60 working days after activity completes)