Pursuant to Regulation 15 of the Marine Mammals Protection Regulations 1992, I, Hugh Francis Malcolm Logan, Director-General of Conservation, hereby give notice that for a period up until 1 June 2002, no new permits for commercial vessel operations to view sperm whales along the Kaikoura Coast (defined here as all those waters between the Clarence River Mouth (173° 56? east, 42° 10? south) and the Waiau River Mouth (173° 22? east, 42° 47? south) and extending out due east to 25 nautical miles from the shore) shall be granted.
This declaration does not apply for applications to renew existing sperm whale viewing permits for the Kaikoura Coast.
Dated at Wellington this 12th day of December 2000.
HUGH FRANCIS MALCOLM LOGAN, Director-General.