New Zealand Date/Time:
Sat, Mar 24, 2018, 5:45:50 AM

From May 2018 all vessels arriving in New Zealand will need
to have a clean hull. Check here for biofouling requirements for
your vessel type.

Protect our coastline from marine pests

You Can Make a Difference

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 Next time you’re hauling out for a clean and antifoul, remember you’re doing your bit to preserve our marine environment. 

A clean and thoroughly antifouled hull improves your boat’s performance. A perhaps less well known fact is that good hull maintenance also helps protect your playground or livelihood from the spread of unsightly and often harmful marine pests.

Bio-fouling (the growth of marine life on boat bottoms) is a key way non-native marine species can spread. A recent report by NIWA estimated that two thirds of the introduced marine species in New Zealand waters arrived here in hull fouling.

Introduced species that are particularly suited to local conditions can quickly establish, becoming pests with potentially devastating impacts. Marine pests can affect marine habitats, fish stocks, recreational activities, aquaculture and tourism. In short, they can damage the very things you value.

MPI Biosecurity New Zealand (MPIBNZ) is working on a number of projects to stop marine
pests getting here in the first place. But locally, there’s a job to do in preventing those that are here, such as the Styela clava and Eudistoma elongatum sea squirts from travelling around our coastline. Ultimately marine biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility. MPIBNZ has some simple biosecurity precautions you can take to keep the seas alive for future generations.


Simple Biosecurity Precautions:

• Regularly clean your boat bottom – don’t let the growth get beyond a slime layer.
• Dispose of any debris from your hull into bins (i.e. don’t drop it back in the water where it can reproduce).
• Apply good thorough coatings of antifouling paint. Make sure your antifouling paint is in good condition
  and reapplied as recommended by the retailer or manufacturer.
• When moving on the water to a new region – e.g. away from Auckland to Northland or Coromandel,
   from Northland to Auckland, or from Wellington to Marlborough or Fiordland – check your hull is clean and
   free of fouling before you set off.

As a general rule, the further afield you’re going, particularly if you’re off on a long summer cruise, the more important this is.If you see something out there that looks out of the ordinary, note its location, collect a sample if you can and phone:

MPIBNZ on the freephone: 0800 80 99 66. 


Marine Pests




Report to 0800 80 99 66 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 


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