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Salvinia eradication at Wairakei Stream

After just one phase of eradication of Salvinia (Salvinia molesta), Wairakei Stream in Papamoa is looking great. The initiative was a collaboration between local iwi—Ngā Pōtikī, Tauranga City Council, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Biosecurity New

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Biosecurity with Master Chef Sachie Nomura of Sachie's Kitchen

Master Chef Sachie Nomura of Sachie's Kitchen shows us why biosecurity matters to her and the local New Zealand produce she uses in her amazing dishes.

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Getting to know the Mediterranean fanworm

The notorious Mediterranean fanworm, Sabella spallanzanii, first appeared in New Zealand in March 2008 in Lyttelton Harbour. Despite intensive efforts to restrict its spread, it’s managed to spread throughout much of the Waitemata Harbour, as well as Whan

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Getting to grips with an Aussie invader

The Aussie invader, the Pyura sea squirt, has been found in intertidal mussel (kuta) beds in Northland, and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is collaborating with far north iwi on research looking at ways to get rid of it. So far their approach l

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Marine biosecurity in the Chatham Islands

The 11 Chatham Islands sit approximately 860 kms east of New Zealand and even though they have their own Council, a lack of resources and sheer size of the island group, means they sub-contract biosecurity to Environment Canterbury. Environment Canterbury

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Marine pest surveillance programme

Every summer and winter the Marine High Risk Site Surveillance Programme surveys 11 New Zealand high risk ports checking for new species that may have caught a ride on an international vessel and made themselves at home.

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Know your marine organism

The Marine Invasive Taxonomic Service (MITS), run by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), is responsible for identifying and managing collections of all marine samples so that we know what’s out there and what it looks like.

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Profile on Graeme Inglis Principal Scientist

For nearly 20 years Graeme Inglis has been a major influencer and contributor to New Zealand’s marine biosecurity, particularly around science, surveillance, technical advice and response capability.

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United approach to marine biosecurity

Historically, the threats posed by marine pests have largely been placed in the too-hard basket – but now significant and positive changes are afoot aimed at future-proofing our precious marine life.