TOS Partnership Meeting, August 2019

04 September 2019


The 2019 Partnership meeting focused on getting effective in regional marine biosecurity.

The first part of the meeting involved sharing the current situation to bring everyone to a common understanding of the issues and opportunities.

Katie Lubarsky of Biosecurity NZ let us know what's happening at the border and showed that our country is leading the world in managing risks associated with fouled vessels.

Jono Underwood described how programmes to reduce regional risk have developed over the last 10 years and how the rules have changed in Marlborough.

Oli Floerl set out the current state of the science and emphasised the way that emerging technologies can be applied to better understand and manage biosecurity threats.

Peter Lawless gave details of the summer survey results over the last four years and emphasised that changing boater behaviour remains the key challenge to reducing marine biosecurity risk in the region.

Small groups developed more detail on:

  • Surveillance
  • Management/Eradication
  • Compliance control (e.g. Ballast Water Management Convention, compliance monitoring)
  • Information exchange


Katie Lubarsky, Biosecurity NZ

Jono Underwood, Marlborough District Council

Oli Floerl, Cawthron Institute

Peter Lawless, Top of the South Marine Biosecurity

Meeting notes


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