Northland Regional Council is responsible - under the Biosecurity Act 1993 - for locating and controlling pest plants and animals in Northland.

Pests of particular concern in the region are identified in the Northland Regional Pest Management Strategies. These are a collection of action plans that describe why and how plant and animal pests will be controlled.

The Council's goal is to stop potential pests from entering the region, in addition to managing existing pest infestations to levels where they no longer pose a threat to our natural environment, economy and health.

In addition to managing and operating pest management strategies, it is the role of the Council to work in partnership with local communities and industry to promote pest management and facilitate pest control.

Mustelid trap.

Photo: A mustelid trap mostly used for catching stoats. Mustelid traps are available from the Regional Council.