Marine Pests

Exotic Caulerpa

Two non-native invasive seaweeds (exotic caulerpa) have been found in waters at:
• Te Rāwhiti Inlet in the Bay of Islands.
• Aotea Great Barrier Island: Blind Bay, Whangaparapara and Tryphena Harbours and southern Port Fitzroy.
• Kawau Island: Iris Shoal.
• Waiheke Island: Onetangi Bay and around Thompsons Point.
• Ahuahu Great Mercury Island: between Ahikopua and Maunganui Points.
• Mokohinau Islands: Edith Passage, east of Motupapa & Hokoromea Islands.
• Rakino Island: Woody Bay.
• Coromandel, Fantail Bay
For the above areas see maps showing the exact locations of caulerpa It is good practice to avoid these areas altogether.

These unwanted organisms can spread rapidly, forming dense beds and potentially smothering native species.
Legal controls and rāhui are in place at some of these locations to stop the spread,
so if you are heading out to these areas make sure you check the rules at:

Keeping your boat and equipment clean is the best thing you can do to avoid spreading marine pests.
With caulerpa in particular:
When out on the water, before you move on, check your anchor and chain when you pull it up.
Also check fishing or diving equipment for any attached seaweed.

If you find any seaweed on your gear, remove it and bag it or contain it securely, and take it ashore
for disposal in a rubbish bin. If you can't do this (bag it and bin it safely) - put it back into the waters
it came from.
That means any seaweed - you don't have to be an expert in identifying caulerpa.

Together let's stop the spread of exotic caulerpa. If you 'See Weed', Bag it, Bin it.

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