Marine biosecurity for Auckland boat owners
Marine biosecurity is ramping up in preparation for the busy boating summer season. Here is a message from the Auckland Council marine biosecurity team for customers of Westhaven:
Many of you may have visited the 'Top of the North' group, a partnership between the four councils promoting the 'Clean Below? Good to Go' message at the Auckland on Water BoatShow last month and seen the new look of the marine biosecurity stand. It was great to meet so many of you and to see so much interest and support!
We are here to help people understand the issues posed by marine pests, to prevent negative occurrences including the spread of marine pests, and boaties incurring fines for breaking rules when visiting other regions.
Visit marinepests.co.nz for regional information and rules, and also be weary of what the marinas requirements are.
Within Auckland, the new Auckland Unitary Plan (operational in part) includes marine biofouling rules for the first time. These rules relate to in-water cleaning and passive discharge from pests.
We are also asking people to be on the look out for pests outside of their known locations, particularly the Australian droplet tunicate which is only known to be in Northland, and currently only three sites in Auckland being Sandspit, Mahurangi and Oakura Bay Waiheke. Check out these articles for more information:
Auckland beaches under threat from marine pest
Hitchhiking marine pest a threat to Hauraki Gulf
Happy boating! From the Auckland Council marine biosecurity team."