Mediterranean fanworm survey at Gisborne port
Mediterranean fanworm survey at Gisborne
The team of marine biosecurity divers from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council will be returning to Gisborne Port on Tuesday 13 October to continue the search for marine pest, the Mediterranean Fanworm.
“The Fanworm is definitely a pest we don’t want establishing in our region, as it has the potential to cause significant economic and environmental impact,” says shared services science manager Lois Easton.
The pest was first discovered by divers inspecting the training wall in June. The specialist biosecurity team was called in to complete an initial survey of the inner harbour and marina area and no other fanworm was found at that time.
Due to poor visibility, most of the port area including where the fanworm was first found was unable to be checked.
“With the underwater visibility now improved, we hope that the team will be able to complete the survey and remove any fanworm they might find,” says Ms Easton.
The dive team’s focus will be to inspect and remove the worm from the wharf, port area and training wall.
“We look forward to the results of the survey as it will enable the Council work with the port, iwi and other stakeholders to develop a pathway forward for managing marine biosecurity. ”
The BOP Regional Council marine incursion response team have been dealing with this pest in Tauranga Harbour.
“We are grateful for their expertise and assistance.”
The work will be jointly funded by the Gisborne District Council and the Ministry of Primary Industries.