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General Protocols


In respect of the Guidelines, individual Operators should undertake consultation with:

  • Biosecurity New Zealand
  • Department of Conservation
  • Maritime New Zealand
  • Ministry of Economic Development
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Ministry of Fisheries
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Regional Councils that may potentially be affected
  • Other parties as they see fit.

Data and Information

Environmental assessment requires environmental data and information. In some areas (eg offshore Taranaki), there is significant data and information, while other areas are not so well endowed.

Where environmental data and information is sparse, and base-line assessment is difficult, both Industry and Government agencies have a role to play in identifying, collating and making available existing environmental information relevant to the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf beyond the Territorial Sea. The collection and reporting of such information will, over time, provide a more comprehensive baseline on which to base decisions.

Data and information is often proprietary. Where this is the case, Industry has established practices and mechanisms for trading and exchanging data and information. Operators are encouraged to make relevant environmental information and data available in accordance with those established practices.