Oceans legislation released - the EEZ Bill

The Government has introduced a Bill to manage the environmental effects of activities in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone, which is the area of sea, seabed and subsoil from 12 to 200 nautical miles offshore.

The proposed law aims to fill the gaps in the environmental management regime in the EEZ, to protect our oceans from the potential environmental risks of activities like petroleum exploration, seabed mining, and marine energy generation and carbon capture developments.  Existing laws including the Fisheries Act 1996 and Maritime Transport Act 1994 will continue to operate largely as they do at present.

The Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill has past its first reading in Parliament and is now open for public submissions which are due 20 October 2011.

The full text of the Bill is available here.  

Posted on Monday 17th October, 2011 at 09:36 am