The Bay of Plenty Regional Pest Management Plan 2020 – 2030 became operative in December 2020 and contains new rules to protect the region’s marine environment.
Rule 1 - The occupier in charge of a craft moving to, or within Bay of Plenty waters must ensure the hull is sufficiently cleaned and antifouled, so that the hull has no more than a slime layer and/or barnacles.
Rule 2 - All aquaculture equipment (including ropes and floats) used within Bay of Plenty waters must not have been used outside Bay of Plenty waters or used within a known pest incursion zone in the Bay of Plenty.
By directly targeting the movement of vessels and the marine industry equipment, the rules ensure that craft owners and the marine industry take responsibility for helping to stop the spread of marine pests.
Read the Regional Pest Management Plan