Working on fanworm
Mediterranean fanworm is a marine pest that is well established in Auckland waters, and which spreads primary via hull fouling on boats. We are really keen to limit its spread.
Firstly, the Floating Dock Service, now located at the end of X Pier, is also an affordable way of staying clean in between antifoul applications.
We have also improved and upgraded the tidal grids to make it easier for you to clean your boat regularly. You can’t use the grids to clean off existing fanworm, but with regular cleaning, fanworm won’t be able to establish itself on your boat.
Secondly, Waterfront Auckland is very keen to play its part in limiting and eradicating this pest, and working with Biosecurity, we will soon commence a trial in the Viaduct Marina, of an ultrasonics technology that we hope will destroy fanworm and be suitable to use in other parts of the operation including Westhaven.
Our colleagues in the far north are very concerned about fanworm - if you are cruising north this season, you should carry onboard:
Fresh is best - Evidence of an antifoul application within the last 6 months, or
Not so fresh – evidence of a power wash within the last month if the antifouling is older than 6 months
The Northland Regional Council says that it’s wise to check in with the operator of any marina you plan to visit, to confirm their specific requirements. They’ll also have officers out on the water for hull inspections at popular moorings and anchorages, and if your boat does turn out to need a clean, will organise for you to visit a slipway where there is equipment and expertise to manage fanworm infestations.