“(1) The chief executive may, after complying with subsections (4) and (5), suspend his or her consent to the registration of any foreign-owned New Zealand fishing vessel for any reasonable period determined by him or her if satisfied on reasonable grounds that there has been a breach of any condition of consent to its registration.
“(2) If any person, department, or agency in the course of performing or exercising functions, duties, or powers under any Act obtains any information that is relevant for the purposes of subsection (1), the person, department, or agency may provide the information to the chief executive.
“(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), the chief executive may take into account information provided by any person, department, or agency.
“(4) The chief executive must notify the operator of the vessel in writing stating—
“(5) If the actions specified in the notice given under subsection (4) have not been undertaken or have not ceased (as the case may be) within the period required by the notice, the chief executive must do the following if he or she decides to proceed with suspension of consent to the vessel's registration:
“(6) The chief executive may impose conditions and requirements in respect of the implementation and operation of a suspension under this section.
“(7) If the chief executive suspends consent to a vessel's registration,—
“(8) A period of suspension may be extended by the chief executive from time to time if he or she is satisfied that any conditions and requirements referred to in subsection (7)(b)(iii) have not been met, and subsection (7)(except paragraph (b)(iv)) (with the necessary modifications) applies to any extension of the suspension.
“(9) The chief executive may lift the suspension of consent if satisfied that suspension conditions and requirements referred to in subsection (7)(b)(iii) have been met.
“(10) A person commits an offence and is liable to the penalty set out in section 252(5) if the person uses a fishing vessel, or any tender of that fishing vessel, to take fish, aquatic life, or seaweed for sale while the chief executive's consent to registration of the vessel is suspended.
“(11) Nothing in this section requires the chief executive to remit or refund any fees, charges, or levies paid or payable by the operator under this Act for the period from the date of registration to the close of the period of suspension.
“(12) For the purposes of section 103(1), a vessel must be treated as being not registered while the chief executive's consent to its registration is suspended under this section.