CATCH FISH … NOT CABLES
There is a Cable Protection Zone (CPZ) in Cook Strait, where Transpower New Zealand’s submarine power and fibre-optic telecommunications cables lie on the seabed. These cables are vital to New Zealand’s electricity and communications systems and to our economy.
The CPZ is in place to ensure that this critical piece of national infrastructure is kept safe, as any damage to the submarine cables can take many millions of dollars and many months to repair.
FOR ANY VESSEL OF ANY SIZE, FISHING AND ANCHORING ARE ILLEGAL WITHIN THE CPZ.
The Cook Strait CPZ is patrolled 24/7 by patrol vessel and helicopter. Offenders run a high risk of being caught – infringement carries a maximum penalty of $250,000 under the Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act 1996.
Come and see us to learn more or if you have any questions - we’re keen to make sure you know what you can and can’t do when fishing or boating in the Cook Strait.