This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force on 3 January 2013, inserts a reference to oceanic whitetip shark in Schedule 7A of the Wildlife Act 1953 (the Act), which lists marine species declared to be animals. As a consequence, the oceanic whitetip shark is absolutely protected throughout New Zealand and New Zealand fisheries waters pursuant to section 3 of the Act.
In March 2012, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission adopted a prohibition on the taking of oceanic whitetip sharks. This order implements the prohibition in relation to New Zealand fisheries waters.
Date of notification in Gazette: 6 December 2012.
This order is administered by the Department of Conservation.