Better ways to stop marine pests?

Working together on better ways to stop marine pests in the top of the North Island.

 infected hull keel and starboard side 080313To protect the coastlines we all love, the four northern-most regions are considering new marine biosecurity rules.

As the movement of boats increases, so too does the risk of marine pests spreading.

With support from Biosecurity New Zealand, four regional councils – Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty Toi Moana – are exploring whether having hull-fouling rules that are applied consistently across several regions would be a better way forward.

Read the discussion document to find out more about the problem and the options being considered

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Feedback period now closed - where to from here?

A two-month feedback period closed on Friday 24 May 2019 - thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say.

This feedback period was to help get a better understanding of people’s views on how to prevent the spread of marine pests.

Once the feedback has been analysed, a report will be done on the findings and made publicly available once complete.

The feedback will be used to inform whether to proceed with developing shared rules. If that happens, there’ll be another chance to have your say through a formal consultation process. 


Other useful information

If you’re keen to learn more about marine pests and their impacts, and what’s happening in marine biosecurity, check out these documents.

Marine biosecurity: What is it? Why is it important?

Existing Marine Biosecurity Plans in New Zealand

Other key marine biosecurity papers