New Zealand’s efforts to protect its coastlines from marine pests is pioneering and scientists world-wide are continuing to build on the field of research.
When New Zealand introduced requirements for all boats entering the country to meet strict conditions relating to both ballast water and biofouling, it became the first country in the world to take active steps to protect its coastlines from marine pests.
Every decision made in New Zealand has been done with the confidence of scientific knowledge that confirms it is the right thing to do, and marine scientists, both here and abroad, are continuously adding to a body of research, developing detection technologies and management approaches to help keep our coastlines safe from marine pests.
The updated ‘Knowledge’ page on Marinepests.nz has links to a number of important studies on marine pests and suggestions of places where you can find out more about work undertaken by the scientific community that is working on these issues.
Marine biosecurity is still a relatively new field and it’s of global environmental importance. The aim is to protect our marine environment. This in turn protects our fisheries, our aquaculture, our tourism industry – and also the places we love visiting and the things we love doing when we visit them.