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Biosecurity protects home grown happiness
"We all need to keep a look out for any biosecurity threats that could ruin these gardens that we love so much." Watch Elien Lewis of Home Grown Happiness talk about why biosecurity matters to her.
Vessel biofouling in Hawai'i
Hawaiʻi took notice when New Zealand and California passed rules aimed at vessel biofouling. Last year, the Hawaiʻi Interagency Biosecurity Plan was released that set 10 year goals for managing biosecurity risks including those posed by vessel biofouling.
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
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.
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.