Marine pollution

Can I discharge here?

Go to our online marine pollution map

Non-discharge areas and Marina sewage Pump-out Facility locations

Our Online Marine Pollution Map provides your location in relation to; Marina Pump-out Facilities, Marine farms, Anchoring Restrictions, Marine Pollution Regulation and Limits

Find the harbour maps for non-discharge areas (in PDF format) in Northland. These maps of 11 popular Northland harbours shows where it's illegal to discharge boat sewage under Northland's marine pollution rules.

Draw the line – stop harbour pollution

In our harbours, untreated sewage can contaminate the shellfish we eat or make water unsafe for swimming for a long time after its discharged.

If you’re a boat owner, help protect our harbours by disposing of your boat sewage properly.  To report pollution, phone our Environmental Hotline on 0800 504 639.

Treat, flush it offshore or pump it out

Untreated sewage from boats should be discharged well outside of harbours or at a marina pumping facility.

Marine pollution rules
There are strict rules covering sewage discharges into Northland waters. Failure to comply with the rules is likely to result in formal enforcement action.

Read the marine pollution rules in our Proposed Regional Plan.

Marina pump-out facilities
This map shows the location of marina pump-out facilities in Northland.

Download the pump-out facility map and information about staying on your boat overnight (PDF, 770KB)

Marina pump-out facilities in Northland.

Rules for mooring areas

Under Northland rules, it's illegal to stay overnight in a mooring area – even at anchor – without a proper way of treating or containing your boat's sewage. This means having (and providing proof if requested):

  • a well-maintained treatment system that complies with the Marine Pollution Regulations; or
  • a sewage holding tank (a permanently fixed on-board sewage system which is: constructed in impermeable materials, and plumbed to a toilet, and incorporates a sewage tank with a discharge outlet).

After a maximum of five nights' stay (not necessarily consecutive) in a mooring area, sewage in a boat's containment system must be appropriately discharged – that is, at a pump-out station or well outside of any harbour in an area where sewage can legally be discharged at sea).

Though all of Northland's harbours are strictly 'no discharge' areas, these additional rules for mooring areas help us keep our harbours free of sewage.

Useful information

Download the 'Sewage systems for recreational boaties' from the www.mfe.govt.nz website (PDF, 370KB)

Download 'Waste Management Handbook for Inshore Vessels' from the www.seafoodnewzealand.org.nz website (PDF, 1.49MB)