Special permits can be issued under S97 of the Fisheries Act 1996 to authorise taking aquatic life for the purpose of:
- Investigative research
- Management or eradication of unwanted aquatic life
- Gear trials
- Use of alternative fishing methods by disabled person for sport or recreation
- Any other purpose approved by the Minister of Fisheries.
A special permit can override any section of the Fisheries Act, provided the authorised activities are consistent with the purpose and principles of the Act. For example, a special permit could allow fishing in an area that is closed under regulations, the taking of undersize fish, or the use of fishing gear that is not permitted under the Act. However, a special permit should not be used as an alternative way to gain commercial access to fish, seaweed or aquatic life.
Special permit applications are individually assessed by MPI staff, and will incur processing costs of $133.88/hour, regardless of whether the application is subsequently approved or declined.
All enquiries about special permits, including how to apply, should be directed to the Spatial Allocations Team, telephone (03) 548 1069, or email email@example.com.