All marine pollution discharges or accidental spills of harmful substances into New Zealand’s waters need reported immediately. Details of who to report an incident to are provided below.
There are three organizations you can report marine pollution and spills to:
Get contact details for your local council [Local Government Online]
Please provide details of the incident such as:
New Zealand (toll free): 0508 472 269
Any oil discharge or accidental spill of oil into the water must be reported immediately.
Vessel operators should make all reasonable attempts to stop the discharge and prevent oil reaching the marine environment. For example by plugging scuppers and collecting any oil from the deck. Where possible oil should be contained and recovered from the water.
While vessels are permitted to dispose of some types of waste at sea, there are strict requirements relating to the type of waste and the distance from land where the disposal may take place.
All pollution sightings should be reported. The appropriate authorities can then determine if the discharge or waste disposal is authorised.
New Zealand’s marine environment protection legislation, regulations and conventions place rules and limits on the discharge of harmful substances into the sea, from for example: