Marine Pests - Have you noticed some different looking creatures in our moana lately??

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Have you noticed some different looking creatures in our moana lately?? We are facing threats to our marine ecosystems everyday as ships come in to the Port of Tauranga from all over the world.

The super invasive Didymo is just one example of an introduced foreign pest. An American angler visiting New Zealand was the likely origin of the didymo plague that threatens to cost the country up to $285 million and has ravaged some of our “pristine” rivers.

Vessels from all over the world enter Tauranga Harbour every week bringing in imports such as oil and fertiliser, and taking out exports such as kiwifruit and logs. Unfortunately these and other vessels can also bring in marine pests – either hitching a ride as “fouling” on ships’ hulls, or in ballast water discharged into our coastal waters. There have been two recent marine pest identifications in Tauranga Harbour – the Asian date mussel (Musculista senhousia) and the Asian kelp(Undaria pinnatifida). 


Read more in the new edition of the MahiwhenuaNewsletter


Last changed: May 27 2010 at 2:13 PM

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