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Marine Pests

Marine pests, like Mediterranean Fanworm, Eudistoma, and Asian paddle crab are a real threat to the coastlines we all love. They can have a big impact on our environment which then impacts our favourite past times like fishing, diving, and cruising.

Pests are spread by dirty bottomed hulls. Most skippers clean their hulls to make sure these nasty pests don’t invade our favourite marine destination.

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Fanworm on the bottom of a hull - photo: Crispen Middleton, NIWA

Clean hulls are:

  • more efficient in the water
  • use less fuel
  • keep your boat maintained and above all else
  • protect our native species like scallops, paua and mussels from hideous pests like Fanworm.

Clean below? Good to go

Heading out on the boat this summer? Make sure your hull has had the once over. Because cleanliness is always next to boatiness. Check out www.marinepests.nz(external link) for more information. 

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