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The Fiordland Marine Guardians are urging
the Government not to make changes to the
management of Undaria, as they continue
the fight to keep the marine pest out of
Undaria pinnatifida is an Asian seaweed
that was accidentally introduced into
New Zealand waters in the mid 1980s.
It is has subsequently spread and is now
found in most ports and many areas of the
coastline including Bluff and Stewart Island.
It is fast growing and displaces native
species. However, it is an edible species
and in some Asian countries is farmed
for use in the production of health foods,
pharmaceuticals, fertiliser, and fish food.
In June MAF Biosecurity New Zealand
released a discussion paper for
consultation relating to the current Undaria
commercial harvest policy. In this it provides
three options for consideration:
•Harvest as part of control or by-product
operations only (status quo)
• Harvest anywhere Undaria is naturalised,
but excludes farming
• Harvest anywhere Undaria is naturalised,
farming only in heavily infested areas
The paper states MAF Biosecurity’s initial
judgement is that it should be possible
to allow greater commercial utilisation of
Undaria, than currently permitted by the
status quo, without significantly increasing
its adverse impacts. It says the second and
third options don’t significantly increase
the biosecurity risk over and above that
already occurring as a result of other
farming and non-farming activities. It says
continuing to allow commercial harvest as
part of control and by-product operations
could reduce the incidence and impact of
Undaria in localised areas and provide for
a level of take that could potentially allow
the development of sustainable commercial
Guardians chairman Malcolm Lawson said
the Guardians had worked hard alongside
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand and
Environment Southland to put strategies in
place to reduce the threat of marine pests,
including Undaria, being introduced into the
Fiordland Marine Area.
“The Guardians are well aware of the
spread of Undaria around the coast of New
Zealand, and understand the wish of some
stakeholders for increased flexibility of its
harvest for commercial purposes. However
the overall stand of the Guardians is that
everything practical should be done to
prevent Undaria from becoming established
in Fiordland. This leads us to submit against
any option in the discussion document
that would increase the risk of Undaria
spreading,” Mr Lawson said.
The options put forward were inconsistent
with Environment Southland’s Regional Pest
Management Strategy, and the Regional
Coastal Plan, he said.
“We are therefore urging MAF Biosecurity
New Zealand to retain the status quo or
to ensure that regional councils have a
clear mandate to override the harvest
strategy through regional plans should
they desire, in order not to be encouraged
to issue harvest or farming permits in
areas adjacent to those with high natural
character, containing diverse and fragile
natural ecosystems, or habitats with other
values such as tourism.”
Public submissions to the options closed at
the end of last month. In all 35 submissions
were received. They will now be analysed a
final proposal will be put to the Minister for
A summary of submissions and final
decisions on the policy will be
made publicly available and
could be available as early as
Guardians oppose moves to change
management of marine pest
An example of Undaria growth.
PHOTO: MAF Biosecurity NZ
UNDARIA IN NEW ZEALAND
• Undaria was declared an unwanted organism under the Biosecurity Act in March 2000.
As such, it is illegal to knowingly spread or actively breed Undaria without the explicit
consent of the Chief Technical Officer under the Biosecurity Act.
• In 2003 the Government considered a nationally led approach for undaria to protect
selected value sites, however, this approach was not funded due to higher priorities in
other biosecurity and environmental areas.
• Undaria is identified as a pest in four regional pest management strategies, with only the
Taranaki Regional Council currently actively managing it.
• Some general marine biosecurity initiatives have been established to reduce the spread
of Undaria to valued areas. These include, the Department of Conservation’s programme
for vessels travelling to the Sub-Antarctic Islands that requires all hulls to have been
cleaned prior to departure, and MAF Biosecurity co-ordinated activities aimed at
protecting the Fiordland Marine Area from marine risk organism impacts.
Source: MAF Biosecurity
Council pressing ahead with plans
for airstrip sale
(from Pg 1)
The council agreed that a
covenant be registered on the
title in perpetuity, prohibiting any
aircraft movement to or from
the property except helicopter
landings by Southern Seafoods
to deliver live lobsters while they
continue to hold a lease over part
of the property.
The covenant can only be varied
or removed with the approval of
In addition, it decided that
the property be closed as an
operational airstrip and that the
airport designation in the district
plan be removed.
The report notes this is “a very
difficult environment” in relation
to property values, making it
“imperative that all conditions of
sale be identified”.
It says discussions have been held
with local real estate agents about
marketing the property to achieve
the best result.
The method of sale will
be determined by chief
executive David Adamson
and all offers will be referred
to the Te Anau Community
Board for consideration and
recommendation to the council.
Money raised from the sale
will be credited to the Te Anau
Community Board to help
off-set the cost of the Manapouri
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