Introduction

The Code provides effective, practical mitigation measures for minimising acoustic disturbance of marine mammals during seismic surveys.

Seismic surveys use loud sound to search for features, such as oil and gas, under the sea floor. These sounds have the potential to impact marine mammals in various ways.

Code of Conduct developed in 2012

In 2012 DOC developed a voluntary Code of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals from Seismic Survey Operations (the Code) following discussions with international and domestic stakeholders representing industry, observers and marine scientists. 

The Code and the supporting reference document aim to provide effective, practical mitigation measures for minimising acoustic disturbance of marine mammals during seismic surveys.

View the 2013 Code of conduct and reference documents.

The Code has been endorsed as industry best practice by the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ).  

Get an overview of seismic surveying.

Exclusive Economic Zone regulations

Under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects – Permitted Activities) Regulations 2013, seismic surveying is a permitted activity within EEZ waters provided the Code is complied with. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is responsible for monitoring seismic surveys within the EEZ to determine compliance with the Code. 

The Code was updated slightly at this time to facilitate this.

See the EPA website for more details.

View the 2013 Code of conduct and reference documents.

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