Wildlife (Basking Shark) Order 2010


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Wildlife (Basking Shark) Order 2010

Anand Satyanand, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 15th day of November 2010

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

Pursuant to section 7BA(2) of the Wildlife Act 1953, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following order.


1 Title
  • This order is the Wildlife (Basking Shark) Order 2010.

2 Commencement
  • This order comes into force on 16 December 2010.

3 Marine species declared to be animals
  • Schedule 7A of the Wildlife Act 1953 is amended by inserting the following item above Deepwater nurse shark (Odontaspis ferox): Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus).

Michael Webster,
for Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order, which comes into force on 16 December 2010, inserts a reference to basking shark in Schedule 7A of the Wildlife Act 1953, so that the shark is absolutely protected in New Zealand fisheries waters.

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (1979) requires a prohibition on the taking of basking sharks. This order implements the prohibition in relation to New Zealand fisheries waters.

Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 18 November 2010.

This order is administered by the Department of Conservation.