To protect the coastlines we all love, the four northern-most regions are considering shared rules on marine pests.
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 – have been exploring whether having hull-fouling rules that are applied consistently across several regions would be a better way forward.
Feedback report now available
Early in 2019, we asked the public whether we should develop consistent rules across these four regions and, if so, what those rules might look like.
A two-month feedback period closed on Friday 24 May 2019 – thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say.
You can read the feedback summary on the Bionet website to find out what people said. The feedback provided useful insight toward our approach to marine pest pathway management and has been provided to the four councils involved. Staff from the four councils, along with Biosecurity NZ, have continued to work together to outline benefit, impacts and costs of the options and develop a preferred option for managing marine pest pathways. These have largely now been presented to each council for their consideration. Our next steps are to seek councils endorsement of a draft proposal for an (inter-regional) marine pathway management plan in late 2020. If councils decide to develop a formal proposal, there’ll be further opportunity for input.