The impact of oil and waste on our waters
Read about the effects of spills on our marine environment
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) works to ensure that New Zealand’s unique marine environment is protected, by minimising waste and reducing the risk of accidental spills of harmful substances such as oil or chemicals.
MNZ, along with other central and local government agencies and industry are jointly tasked with protecting New Zealand’s marine environment.
Legislation, regulations and conventions
All vessels (including recreational boaties), gas and oil installations and ports operating in New Zealand waters, must comply with a range of regulations, standards, legislation and international conventions. This is part of the global framework for combating marine pollution.
An outline of the causes, consequences and prevention of marine and waterway litter.
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