(1) The purpose of this section is to provide for the reporting and recording of quantities of Foveaux Strait dredge oysters to be in oyster numbers and not weights, notwithstanding that standard reporting and recording forms, computer programmes, and other documents used across the fishing industry contain references to weight only and not to fish numbers, until such time as—
(b) The relevant registers, forms, computer programmes, or other documents are earlier adapted to specifically provide for the reporting and recording of oyster quantities by reference to numbers and not weights, or the chief executive and the particular person concerned earlier agree on an alternative method of reporting or recording oyster quantities.
(2) Where any record, return, or other document prescribed or required or contemplated by the Fisheries Act 1983 or any regulations made under that Act or the Fisheries Act 1996—
then, in relation to Foveaux Strait dredge oysters, that return, record, or other document is to be read and completed as if the reference to weight were a reference to oyster numbers.
(3) Unless in any case the context clearly otherwise requires, any figure entered on or after 1 April 1998 in relation to a quantity of Foveaux Strait dredge oysters in—
may be entered as, and is to be read as referring to, oyster numbers and not weight, notwithstanding that the relevant part of the register (including any computer printout) or form contains a reference to weight only.