Have your say on an application by Michelle LaRue for a marine mammal permit. Submissions close 7 August 2024.

Pursuant to section 5 (5) of the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978, and to a delegation from the Minister of Conservation, the Operations Manager, Andy Thompson, Department of Conservation notifies that they have received a permit application from Michelle LaRue.

Application details

Applicant: Michelle LaRue
Location of proposed activity: Weddell Seal samples travelling through Christchurch International Airport
Permission type: Permit under the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978
Summary of proposal: Application to import and export samples from Weddell Seals which have been collected from the Ross Dependency.
Application documents: 

How to make a submission

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

Submissions close 7 August 2024.

1. Prepare your submission

Record what you think on the submission form.

2. Send us your submission

Send your submission by email or post. You'll get a confirmation email or letter when a submission has been received.

Subject line: Submission on 111535-MAR, to import and export samples from Weddell Seals which have been collected from the Ross Dependency.

Operations Manager, Mahaanui
Department of Conservation
Christchurch Shared Services
Private Bag 4715
Christchurch Mail Centre
Christchurch 8140

Attention: Max Clark, Permissions Advisor

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, state this in writing when making your submission.

What happens next

After submissions close:

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


No details at this point. Details, such as submissions and the decision outcome, will be added when they are available.


If you have a question about the application or the submission process you can contact Max Clark, Permissions Advisor: 

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