Ensuring boats are free of marine pests is critical to our work. Currently each region operates its own rules and requirements. To make this easier for boaties to follow, four of the upper North Island councils, with support from Biosecurity New Zealand, have been working on a New Zealand-first approach to pest management that will provide one clear, standard set of rules for the northernmost regions of the North Island, called the Inter-Regional Marine Pest Pathway Management Plan.
A discussion document was released for informal consultation in 2019, the feedback has been analysed and an options analysis undertaken. We are now working towards understanding the best way forward and we’ll know what that looks like around the middle of 2020.
We will keep you posted.