Despite vessel owners trying their best Mediterranean fan worm are still hitching a ride out of the north and turning up in the south. Fanworm were found on two vessels but no structures or seabed during the Top of the South summer survey this year. No invasive species new to the region were found in the survey although there were over 1,100 data points logged.
Sometimes it’s easy for those of us who work in marine biosecurity to forget that for most of our fellow Kiwis, spotting an invasive marine pest isn’t so simple. Most of us know a fantail when we see it… a fanworm, not so much.
Three winners in the NZ Biosecurity Awards are marine biosecurity projects. 'Clean Below? Good to Go' to extends a huge congratulations to the marine biosecurity management agencies getting well deserved recognition for leading the way in the biosecurity disciplines. This is a terrific reflection on the skill and dedication of those staff that are doing the work, in the water.
Five years after Mediterranean fanworm was last spotted at Tutukaka, the bay has officially been declared ‘fanworm free’. Eradication of a marine pest species, such as Mediterranean fanworm, can be difficult and depends on a number of factors, like how well established it has become before being detected and whether it can be easily and effectively removed without causing further spread, says Kathy Walls of Biosecurity New Zealand.
Just like health and safety is now embraced as good business practice, marine biosecurity is now part of day to day life for marine farmers around the country who have eyes on the water to detect pests, improved practices in place to ensure gear and equipment is clean, and an ever-growing body of knowledge about pest species.
Auckland Council and Gulf Harbour Marina are hosting a practical demonstration for boat owners at the Gulf Harbour boatyard from 11am-2pm on Saturday 7 May. View a heavily fouled boat, and chat with technical experts in person about fouling, antifouling, foul-release coatings, boat cleaning, and marine pests.
Plus, a selection of great spot prizes just for boat owners from Coppercoat Pacific and Propspeed!