Marine scientific research

Each year New Zealand receives applications from people from other countries seeking to undertake marine scientific research (MSR) in the New Zealand Territorial Sea, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on behalf of the New Zealand Government receives and manages MSR applications from New Zealanders seeking to undertake MSR in waters under the national jurisdiction of other States, and people from other countries seeking to undertake MSR in New Zealand’s Territorial Sea, EEZ and Continental Shelf. 

Information about applying for consent to carry out MSR in New Zealand’s waters can be found on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Consents granted to applicants to undertake MSR usually contain conditions including, but not limited to, a requirement to provide New Zealand with data, samples and reports about their research.

The role of LINZ is to ensure that researchers comply with their obligations to provide voyage and scientific reports, data and samples to New Zealand.  LINZ’s MSR Coordinator acts as the point of contact for all MSR-related data and report enquiries and can be reached at MSR-NZ@linz.govt.nz.

For information about New Zealand’s requirements for MSR-related data, samples and reports see Information for Researchers.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) manages and regulates applications to undertake MSR in New Zealand’s EEZ and Continental Shelf from:

  • All New Zealanders
  • People from other countries who do not meet the exclusion under section 9(1)(e) of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects ) Act 2012.

New Zealanders and people who do not meet the exclusion under section 9(1)(e) must comply with the requirements of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects- Permitted Activities) Regulation 2013.

The EPA publishes information about current and completed MSR activities on their website. You can view the current and completed activities in the links below.

Last Updated: 11 June 2018