News and stories
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biosecurity Awards finalists reflect huge national effort in biosecurity
The announcement of the finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. The judging panel faced a tough job with over 60 high-calibre entries to assess.
Keeping Fiordland's waters pest free
With its pristine waters and unique ecosystems, Fiordland is one of the most beautiful and dramatic natural areas of New Zealand. It’s home to some incredible species and plays host to visitors from around the world. However, Fiordland is at risk from the