This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This notice comes into force on the 28th day after the date of its notification in the Gazette.
Schedule 3 of the Wildlife Act 1953 lists wildlife that is protected unless the Minister of Conservation declares in a notice that specified wildlife may be hunted, killed, or possessed and the conditions on which it may be hunted, killed, or possessed. This notice specifies the circumstances in which a Fish and Game Council may hunt, kill, or possess a black shag or little shag. The circumstances are that the shag has injured a trout or salmon in the council's sports fish rearing facility or is within 200 metres of the facility.
Clause 4 authorises a Fish and Game Council to hunt or kill a shag if the shag has injured a trout or salmon in a sports fish rearing facility and the shag is within 200 metres of the facility.
Clause 5 requires the council, in killing the shag, to minimise the risk of harm to other wildlife.
Clause 6 prohibits the council from selling the shag or any part of it.
If the council kills a shag, clause 7 requires the council to retrieve the shag, notify the Director-General of Conservation, and, if required by the Director-General, freeze the shag and send it to the nearest office of the Department of Conservation. If the Director-General does not want the dead shag, the council must dispose of it.
Clauses 8 and 9 require the council to keep records of every shag it kills and to give the records to the Director-General (if requested) and publish it in the council's annual report.
Clause 10 revokes the Little Shag Notice 1955.
This notice does not authorise the hunting, killing, or possession of a pied shag, which remains a protected species, or the possession of the nest or egg of a pied shag. Nor does it authorise any person other than a Fish and Game Council to hunt or kill a little shag or a black shag, or to possess a little shag or a black shag except where the council sends a dead shag to the Director-General of Conservation in accordance with clause 7(2)(c)(i).
Activities provided for in this notice are subject to any other legal requirements such as those in the Animal Welfare Act 1999.