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Marine pests

Better ways to stop marine pests? Have your say!

To protect the coastlines we all love, the four northern-most regions are considering shared rules on marine pests.


Read the discussion document

Marine pests

As the movement of boats increases, so too does the risk of marine pests spreading.

With support from the Ministry for Primary Industries, four regional councils – Waikato, Bay of Plenty Toi Moana, Auckland and Northland – are exploring whether consistent hull-fouling rules across all four regions would be a better way forward. Plus, they’re seeking feedback on what rules could look like, if they were developed.

If new rules were to be proposed, agencies would also need to consider implementation implications such as roles and responsibilities, where costs should lie and how these should be funded.

Read the discussion document to find out more about the problem and the options being considered.

Marine pests - discussion document [PDF, 3.2 MB]


Have your say

Which option do you think is best?


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Alternatively, you can download and complete a feedback form here [PDF, 319 KB] and return via:



Waikato Regional Council

401 Grey Street

Private Bag 3038

Waikato Mail Centre

Hamilton 3240


Feedback closes Friday 24 May 2019.


Other useful information
To learn more about marine pests and their impacts, plus what’s happening in marine biosecurity, visit link) for a range of documents and resources.


Where to from here?
The discussion document is intended to help us get a better understanding of people’s views on how to prevent the spread of marine pests.

The feedback will be used to inform whether to proceed with developing shared rules. If that happens, there’ll be another chance to have your say through a formal consultation process.


If you have any questions, concerns or want to chat about this project, you can contact Paul Quinn (Biosecurity Officer) at or 0800 800 401.

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