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Fiordland marine biosecurity risk management plan: Operational plan recommendations 2009/10 - 2013/14

1 June, 2009
Cawthron Report 1621.


MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ), working with the Fiordland Marine Guardians, Environment Southland, the Department of Conservation, the Ministry of Fisheries and the Ministry for the Environment, coordinated the development of the Fiordland Marine Biosecurity Strategic Plan 2009/10 - 2013/14, completed in 2008.

This report presents an Operational Plan 2009/10 - 2013/14 ("the Plan") and sets out the activities that will be undertaken by MAFBNZ, other relevant agencies and the Guardians to achieve the goals identified in that strategy. Many of the recommended actions are designed to engender changes in stakeholder practices that create biosecurity risk for Fiordland. For the Plan to be effective, therefore, the agencies and Guardians will need to engage with stakeholders to seek their support for proposed measures and to motivate them to change their practices.

The Plan is pathway-based. A pathways approach aims to reduce risk from a wide range of potential invasive species irrespective of source region. Activities focus on reducing risk from pest pathways such as vessel biofouling, ballast water discharge, equipment transfers (e.g. pots, nets, ropes, anchors),bilge water and fouled dive gear. To achieve this, most effort is directed to vector management, with supporting measures in terms of surveillance, agency coordination, and a communications strategy that engages regional and national stakeholders in a participatory process to discuss and provide feedback on proposed measures.

Included in the Plan are recommendations for owners and operators of vessels and gear, including cruise liners, commercial paua and cray fishers, commercial tourism operators, and recreational yachts and launches. It includes those who use trailers to transport boats and gear to Milford or Deep Cove, and people delivered by helicopter for remote diving, fishing and hunting. To achieve the objective of maintaining Fiordland's unique biodiversity, all users of the marine environment need to understand their roles and responsibilities in its protection.