Have your say on an application by the BBC Natural History Unit for a permit to view and swim with Marine Mammals for the purpose of filming a documentary from Cape Brett to the Alderman Islands. Submissions closed 8 November 2021.

Submissions closed 8 November 2021.

This application is notified under regulation 11(1) of the Marine Mammals Protection Regulations 1992 and section 5(5) of the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978. The Director-General of Conservation has received an application for a marine mammal permit.

A permit under the Regulations is required due to a vessel being chartered, and a permit under the Act is required to authorise activity outside of Part 3 of the Regulations.

Application details

Applicant: BBC Natural History Unit
Location of proposed activity: Cape Brett to the Alderman Islands
Permission type: Marine mammal permit
Summary of proposal: The application is for a marine mammal permit for the purpose of filming.
Application documents: BBC Natural History Unit application form (PDF, 310K)

How to make a submission

Any person or organisation may make a submission in writing to the Director-General on the proposal.

Submissions closed 8 November 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Send us your submission

Send your submission by email or post. You'll get a confirmation email or letter when a submission has been received.
Subject line: Submission on BBC Natural History Unit permit application.

Department of Conservation
Christchurch Shared Services
Private Bag 4715
Christchurch Mail Centre
Christchurch 8140

Attention: Bethan Parry, Permissions Advisor

Once submitted, submissions under the Marine Mammals Protection Regulations only are supplied to BBC Natural History Unit. The applicant can then comment on submissions.

Once submitted, submitters' information is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and may be released under that Act. If you wish to keep any part of your submission confidential, state this in writing when making your submission.

The Department is also carrying out consultation under Section 4 of the Conservation Act.

What happens next

After submissions close:

  1. DOC will analyse and consider all submissions and comments on the submissions.
  2. DOC will make a recommendation to the Minister of Conservation.
  3. The Minister of Conservation will make a decision on the application.


No details at this point. Details, such as submissions and the decision outcome, will be added when they are available.


If you have a question about the application or the submission process you can contact Bethan Parry, Permissions Advisor. Email:

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