In the spring edition of the TOS Marine Biosecurity Partnership newsletter there is a report on fanworm surveillance in the TOS, results of a Cawthron study on Mediterranean fanworm, and encouraging news from New Zealand's two biggest harbours. We are also happy to report that our anti-fouling workshops are back on track after being postponed due to Covid-19. We have three workshops scheduled for Wellington in November, and there will be further workshops in the Top of the South that are to be confirmed.
You are now able to view a summary of the key findings from the latest summer survey, with a comparison to earlier year's surveys online. You can also find out about a new vessel risk profiling app that is being trialled; there is an opinion piece on the effects of the pandemic from the TOS Coordinator, and an update on the Marine Biosecurity Workshops that were postponed during the Covid-19 lockdown. There is also good news about the impacts of the sea squirt, Pyura doppelgangera.
Fanworm incursions are being detected in TOS waters more than ever before, see the front page of our newsletter for more information. You can also find out about some interesting projects being undertaken - Port Nelson settlement plate project with schools; and Impacts and Mitigation of Microplastics project by Cawthron. There is an update from Biosecurity NZ, and what happened at the Waikawa marine life move which took place in March.
In the summer newsletter you can read about our annual Summer Survey and what has been found in the way of marine pests; there's great news about some major new funding for marine biosecurity research; and more than 1000 Mediterranean fanworm have been pulled from the water in and around Opua Marina.