The biofouling industry is innovating all the time, here in New Zealand and around the world. Here are three examples of New Zealand companies coming up with solutions to combat the challenge we face.
Gulf Harbour is the gateway to Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf islands. It is the first significant marina and haulout facility you come across when entering Auckland from most directions and the first you come across when you leave Auckland. It is busy, with boats constantly entering and leaving all year around. It is also blessed thanks to an investment in infrastructure with clear, clean water and bountiful wildlife including seals, stingrays and even visiting dolphins.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investing in research to advance treatment options for invasive marine pests and support growth of New Zealand’s aquaculture industry. Applications for funding close on 10 February 2022.
When Jack Warden took a moment to photograph some unusual looking seaweed during a fishing trip with his father, he didn’t know that he was recording an invasive marine pest he had discovered for the first time in New Zealand.
Unusually low tides enabled Jack to spot and photograph Caulerpa at Blind Bay