The Code is open for adoption by any stakeholder in the marine seismic survey sector.

While the Code is non-enforceable under the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1978, signatories agree to commit to the provisions in full for all marine seismic survey activities in New Zealand continental waters.

The adoption process is straightforward. The Chief Executive (or equivalent) responsible for New Zealand operations of any organisation involved in marine seismic surveying should sign the adoption acceptance form and submit it to the Director-General.

The Code contains a copy of the adoption acceptance form as Appendix 5. Alternatively, the form can be downloaded separately:

ENSCO 56 mobile drilling rig off Taranaki. Photo: PEPANZ.
Ensco 56 mobile drilling rig off Taranaki

Adoption acceptance form (PDF, 465K)

Signed forms should be submitted electronically to or posted in hard copy to:

The Director-General
c/o Marine Species and Threats
Department of Conservation National Office
PO Box 10 420
Wellington 6143
New Zealand


The following organisations have formally adopted the Code.


Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation logo.
Anadarko website

AWE Limited

AWE logo.
AWE website

Blue Planet Marine

BPM logo.
Blue Planet Marine website


GNS logo.
GNS website

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

NIWA logo.
NIWA website

New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd

New Zealand Oil and Gas Limited logo.
NZOG website

Ocean Science Consulting Ltd (OSC)

Ocean Science Consulting Ltd logo.
OSC website

Ocean Science Consulting NZ (Asia-Pacific) Ltd (OSC-NZ)

Ocean Science Consulting Ltd logo.
OSC-NZ website

OMV New Zealand Limited

 OMV logo.
OMV website

The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ)

PEPANZ logo.
PEPANZ website


Polarcus logo.
Polarcus website

 Shell New Zealand (2011) Limited

Shell New Zealand logo.
Shell New Zealand website

Todd Energy

Todd Energy logo.

Todd Energy website

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