A new way to check rules & requirements
There’s a new easy way for boaties to check out the council rules and marina requirements in place at their chosen destination, with the launch of a new website: www.marinepests.nz
Turning up with a clean hull is the best guarantee of a warm welcome for boaties planning to cruise to other regions this summer, as regional councils and marinas continue to combat the spread of marine pests such as Mediterranean fanworm.
In Northland, Waikato (which includes the Coromandel) and the Bay of Plenty, regional councils are stepping up their summer surveillance programmes, which are already underway.
Any vessels found to be carrying Mediterranean fanworm may be required to be cleaned at the owners’ expense. In Northland, the owners may also be subject to a $500 fine.
Meanwhile, marinas in the three regions are continuing to require proof of either new antifoul within the previous six months, or a lift and wash within one month of leaving an infected area, before allowing vessels to berth. Haulout/antifoul receipts are the easiest form of evidence to provide.
Although a lift and wash prior to moving to a new area is generally sufficient to comply, boat owners are encouraged to double-check hard-to-reach ‘niche’ areas where marine pests may remain (the base of the keel, bow thrusters, intakes/outlets, prop and rudder areas) before their vessel is returned to the water.