Current activity in the EEZ

Find out what is happening in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf.

Depending on the activity, information will typically be available on these pages a few days to a few weeks before an activity commences.

Marine scientific research, prospecting and exploration

Operators undertaking marine scientific research, prospecting and exploration activities in the EEZ must keep the EPA informed of their activity.

Marine seismic surveying

Marine seismic surveys in the EEZ must comply with the Department of Conservation’s Code of Conduct.

Oil and gas operations

Find out which applications for oil and gas activities are being considered in the EEZ.

Submarine cables

Operators undertaking submarine cabling in the EEZ must keep the EPA informed of their activity.

Sediment discharges from seabed mining

Discharge of sediment from certain prospecting and exploration activities is permitted if conditions are complied with.

Space vehicle launches

​Anyone planning a space vehicle launch where material may be deposited on the seabed in the EEZ must notify us.

Decommissioning offshore oil and gas installations

Find out about oil and gas decommissioning activities in the EEZ, and how decommissioning is regulated.