EEZ legislation too weak – Environment Commissioner
1st August, 2012
EEZ legislation too weak – Environment
Shortcomings in new legislation designed to
protect New Zealand’s oceans need to be fixed says the
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan
The legislation aims to protect New
Zealand’s exclusive economic zone by regulating economic
activity such as deep sea drilling and seabed mining.
Dr Wright says the main issue is the proposed statement
“Getting the purpose of the law right
is hugely important if it is to effectively protect our
ocean environment especially as there is other legislation
that provides economic balance.
“In my submission
on this legislation last year I flagged this issue but it
has not been dealt with in a way which reflects my
“There are activities in the EEZ that
offer great economic potential but they can be
environmentally hazardous which means it’s vital to our
environment and our ongoing economic security that we get
this legislation right.”
The Bill is currently
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