Have your say on an application by Agresearch Limited to take, hold, export and import samples of Australian Fur Seal guard hairs. Submissions closed 5 pm 28 March 2021.
Submissions closed 5 pm 28 March 2021

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

Application details

Applicant: Agresearch Limited

Location of Proposed Activity:

  • Shag Point (Waitaki District)
  • Tauranga Bay (Buller District), and
  • beaches around Okuru, adjacent to the Open Bay Islands (Westland District)

Permission Type: Marine Mammal Permit

Summary of proposal: The application is to collect samples of Australian Fur Seal guard hairs, off the ground and from deceased mammals, from Shag Point (Waitaki District), Tauranga Bay (Buller District), and beaches around Okuru, adjacent to the Open Bay Islands (Westland District), and then export and import for research purposes. 

Application documents:

How to make a submission

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

Submissions close 5 pm 28 March 2021.

1. Prepare your submission

Prepare your submission using a submission form.

2. 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 Agresearch Limited permit application.


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

Attention: Margot Thomson, Permissions Advisor

Once submitted, submissions are part of a statutory process.

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.

What happens next

After submissions close:

  • DOC will analyse and consider all submissions and comments on the submissions.
  • DOC will make a recommendation to the Minister of Conservation.
  • 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 Margot Thomson, Permissions Advisor.


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