Have your say on an application for commercial marine mammal viewing of marine species at locations in the coastal waters of Fiordland, Foveaux Strait, and Stewart Island. Submissions closed 18 February 2022.

Submissions closed 18 February 2022.

This application is notified under regulation 11(1) of the Marine Mammals Protection Regulations 1992. The Minister of Conservation has received an application for a marine mammal permit for a term of five years.

Application details

Applicant: Pure Salt NZ Limited

Location of proposed activity:

  • Vessel-based viewing – Coastal waters of Fiordland, Foveaux Strait, and Stewart Island excluding Bluff and Riverton harbours
  • Land-based viewing – Various locations in the Dusky Sound and on Stewart Island.
  • Swimming – Coastal waters of Stewart Island and South Coast between Puysegur Point and Bluff, excluding Bluff and Riverton harbours.

Permission type: Marine Mammal Permit

Summary of proposal:

The application is for commercial vessel-based and land-based marine mammal viewing of all species of whale, dolphin and seal at various locations. These locations are in the coastal waters of Fiordland, Foveaux Strait, and Stewart Island. The application also includes swimming with all species of seals excluding sea lions, and all species of dolphins excluding bottlenose and hectors dolphins.

Applicant documents:

How to make a submission

Submissions closed 11:59 pm Friday 18 February 2022.

Any person or organisation may make a submission in writing to the Director-General on the proposal.

Once submitted, submitters' information is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and may be released under that Act.  If you wish to keep any part of your submission confidential, you need to state this in writing when making your submission.

Submissions are supplied to the applicant. They can then comment on submissions.

What happens next

After submissions close:

  • DOC will analyse and consider all submissions and comments on the submissions.
  • DOC will make a recommendation to the Minister of Conservation.
  • The Minister of Conservation will make a decision on the application.


No details at this point.


If you have a question about the application or the submission process you can contact Michael Dine, Permissions Advisor.


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