Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012

Subpart 2—Purpose and principles

10 Purpose


The purpose of this Act is—


to promote the sustainable management of the natural resources of the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf; and


in relation to the exclusive economic zone, the continental shelf, and the waters above the continental shelf beyond the outer limits of the exclusive economic zone, to protect the environment from pollution by regulating or prohibiting the discharge of harmful substances and the dumping or incineration of waste or other matter.


In this Act, sustainable management means managing the use, development, and protection of natural resources in a way, or at a rate, that enables people to provide for their economic well-being while—


sustaining the potential of natural resources (excluding minerals) to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations; and


safeguarding the life-supporting capacity of the environment; and


avoiding, remedying, or mitigating any adverse effects of activities on the environment.


In order to achieve the purpose, decision-makers must—


take into account decision-making criteria specified in relation to particular decisions; and


apply the information principles to the development of regulations under section 27, 29A, 29B, or 29E and the consideration of applications for marine consent.

Section 10(1): replaced, on 31 October 2015, by section 7 of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 85).

Section 10(3)(b): amended, on 1 June 2017, by section 213 of the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 15).