Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Invasive Seaweed On Sunken Boat

Officials are meeting this evening to decide how best to handle another underwater threat to the Chatham Islands following the sinking of the fishing boat Seafresh 1, three kilometres offshore, the Minister for Biosecurity, Marian Hobbs.

The sunken vessel is known to have had the invasive Asian seaweed, Undaria, on its hull. This weed is not thought to be present in the Chathams.

The Ministry of Fisheries is responsible for marine biosecurity and officials will be meeting with colleagues from the Maritime Safety Authority and the Department of Conservation to devise a strategy to address the threat posed by any Undaria that may be on the Seafresh 1. The MSA is also working to prevent damage to the ecosystem from the up-to-100 tonnes of oil in the sunken vessel's fuel tanks

Marian Hobbs said Undaria is a prolific weed that can outcompete local species and which threatens our biodiversity.

"Expert advice is that few of our native seaweeds can compete with Undaria's invasive characteristics," she said.

"The object of tonight's meeting will be to develop a strategy to stop the spread of any seaweed from the sunken vessel to the Chathams' shore."

Undaria is thought to have been introduced to New Zealand in ballast water discharged by foreign ships in the late eighties. It was discovered in Wellington Harbour in 1987 and spread to the Marlborough Sounds and east coast harbours. In 1997 it was found in Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island.

To address wider management issues, the Ministry of Fisheries is well on the way with a proposal for a National Pest Management Strategy for Undaria.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election