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#11 Sabre

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 12:09 PM

Can anyone put their hand on their heart and honestly say that Asian kelp has had a negative impact on their financial, emotional or spiritual wellbeing?

Do these council orrificers know that the Government has allowed Asian Kelp to be farmed in Wellington, Marlborough and Banks peninsula?

Asian kelp has been in NZ since the 80's. Who cares. Marine organisms have migrated and evolved ever since the marine environment existed well before regional councils existed and all mankind has done is sped things up. Are they going to have environmental orrificers stationed outside fiordland to inspect floating logs, whales etc for marine "pests"

As far as I am concerned it is only a "pest" if it has a genuine and significant financial impact on our aquaculture industry. The word "pest" is being used way to much as a scaremongering tool to create lucrative industries and encroaching on basic human rights in the process.

***In New Zealand, Undaria pinnatifida was declared as an unwanted organism in 2000 under the Biosecurity Act 1993. It was first discovered in Wellington Harbour in 1987 and probably arrived as hull fouling on shipping or fishing vessels from Asia.[19]

Wakame is now found around much of New Zealand, from Stewart Island to as far north as the subtropical waters of Karikari Peninsula.[20] It spreads in two ways: naturally, through the millions of microscopic spores released by each fertile organism, and through human mediated spread, most commonly via hull fouling and with marine farming equipment.[21] It is a highly successful and fertile species, which makes it a serious invader. However, its impacts are not well understood and vary depending on the location.

Even though it is an invasive species, in 2012 the government allowed for the farming of wakame in Wellington, Marlborough and Banks Peninsula.[22]***
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#12 Elenya

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 05:48 PM

Yes Knot Me the loss of cleaning grids has made life a lot more difficult. The loss of shore side boatyards has also made it difficult. If only we could put a boatyard in the country away from the expensive waterfront property belt.

Wheels “Sooo, do marine species wait at least 48 hrs to ensure the structure they want to attach too is staying put??

Most people ensure the anchor is clean when they lift it.”

You are spot on on both counts. Time increases likeliehood and risk of pest fouling and most people do clean their anchor.
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Posted 23 February 2018 - 10:25 AM

Definite parallels in methodology , marine pests/Kauri dieback.

Ad hoc mastery.

Must be in their DNA.


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#14 Chewing Gum

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 07:54 PM

Hiding to nothing and the boat owner pays.

They will never stop these things coming here or spreading. Anyone with a bit of logic could figure that out.


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#15 Steve Pope

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:46 PM

Latest marine pest is the Regional councils!!


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#16 armchairadmiral

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 06:37 AM

That's so true. And they are a bigger menace than Mediterranean fan worm plus all the other Lurgy. It was them that closed grids thereby denying sectors of boats the opportunity to scrub and kill said Lurgy. Great thinking processes !! ??
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Posted 06 March 2018 - 10:06 AM

True .
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#18 Sabre

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 05:56 PM

Latest marine pest is the Regional councils!!


Agree and they are probably costing the economy more than all the marine pests combined
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