Better ways to stop marine pests?

Have your say 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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Have your say

Which option do you prefer, and why? If clean hull rules were to be developed, what should they look like?

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We encourage online feedback as it saves time on processing costs and time. However, if you’d prefer to email, post or drop in your feedback, you can download a form. Download a PDF copy of the feedback form here.

Feedback closes Friday 24 May 2019.

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

Where to from here?

The discussion document is intended to help get a better understanding of people’s views on how to prevent the spread of marine pests.

After the feedback period has closed, 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.