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Didymo warning for jetboaters

December 19, 2006


Didymo warning for jetboaters

Environment Canterbury is warning jetboaters on the Waitaki River that didymo algae is a serious threat to safe jetboat operation.

Acting regional harbourmaster Tony Whiteley said that didymo could be sucked into the intakes of jetboats and cause propulsion problems.

“We have received a number of reports of jetboat engines failing because they have sucked didymo into their engines. This can put a boat in serious danger, so we are asking all jet- boaters to be very careful.

Failure of the propulsion system could make it dangerous for everyone onboard.

Mr Whiteley said that where possible jetboaters should start their engines in deeper water, where there is less likelihood of sucking the algae into the engines.

He also reminded all boaters to wear lifejackets at all times when on the water.

Environment Canterbury, Fish and Game, Meridian Energy and the Department of Conservation are all working to support Biosecurity New Zealand in its attempt to stop the spread of Didymo.

All the agencies are reinforcing the CHECK, CLEAN, DRY message, asking all river users to thoroughly clean any equipment which has been in any rivers, especially removing any algae or vegetation from equipment before moving to another river.


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