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  • Addressing Sea Chest Risks in the TOS

    This short report highlights vessel sea-chests as an important marine biosecurity risk to the TOS.

    328 KB • PDF File • 21 December 2014

  • Annabel Young Presentation 2015

    Presentation by Annabel Young, NZ Shipping Federation, at the TOS Partnership Meeting 2015. Marine transport perspectives on pathways.

    205 KB • PDF File • 28 May 2015

  • Background information on Mediterranean fanworm (Sabella Spallanzanii) to support regional response

    Cawthron Institute was commissioned by Marlborough District Council under the Ministry of Science and Innovation's Envirolink medium advice grant scheme to conduct a desktop assessment of key technical information relating to this species, and provide an evaluation of the invasion potential and considerations for management within the Marlborough region. At the inception of the report Sabella was not believed to be present in the region, however in late February 2014, a small population was discovered on a boat moored in Waikawa Bay. As such, information regarding Sabella's biology, likelihood of establishment, potential for further spread, and impacts on key values is particularly timely.

    1.2 MB • PDF File • 9 June 2014

  • Background Information on Sea Squirt (Pyura Doppelgangera) to support regional response decisions

    Cawthron Institute was commissioned by Marlborough District Council under the Ministry of Science and Innovation's Envirolink medium advice grant scheme to conduct a desktop assessment of key technical information relating to this species, and provide an evaluation of the invasion potential and considerations for management within the Marlborough region. Information regarding Pyura's biology, likelihood of establishment, potential for further spread, and impacts on key values will enable effective decision-making around any future eradication or containment efforts.

    1.5 MB • PDF File • 9 June 2014

  • Background Information to Support Management of the Clubbed Tunicate, Styela clava, in Picton

    The clubbed tunicate, Styela clava is a type of sea squirt, and in New Zealand is a marine pest formally designated as an unwanted organism under the Biosecurity Act. In early June 2013, four Styela individuals were found in the inner part of Picton marina, representing the first reported range extension of Styela into Marlborough. The purpose of this report is to provide background technical information on the biology of Styela, summarise the results of two Styela surveys, and discuss some of the key requirements and considerations for effective management.

    1.2 MB • PDF File • 10 February 2014

  • Barrie Forrest Presentation 2015

    Presentation by Barrie Forrest, TOS Partnership Scientist, at the TOS Partnership Meeting 2015. The technical basis for pathways management.

    1.4 MB • PDF File • 28 May 2015

  • Brief on Incursion Exercise

    A marine biosecurity incursion exercise was conducted by the Top of the South Marine Biosecurity Partnership at Port Nelson on 15 May 2013. The aim of this exercise was to test the effectiveness of the top of the South Partnership response procedures in the event a marine biosecurity threat is discovered. A secondary aim was for participants to learn by being involved or observing the exercise.

    164 KB • PDF File • 10 June 2013

  • Cawthron Report 2015

    Cawthron Institute was contracted to collate information on: (i) risk pathways into and within the TOS region; (ii) current approaches to managing biosecurity risks from vessels; and (iii) existing and in-development treatment tools and other risk mitigation measures including their regional availability, and the feasibility and costs of their implementation.

    3.3 MB • PDF File • 30 June 2015

  • Fanworm in Northland

    Presentation on Fanworm in Northland, by Don McKenzie, Northland Regional Council, at the Partnership Meeting, May 2013.

    4.5 MB • PDF File • 21 May 2013

  • Government Industries Agreement

    Presentation on the Government Industries Agreement, presented by Lois Ransom, MPI, at the Partnership Meeting, May 2013.

    284 KB • PDF File • 21 May 2013

  • Hamish Lash Presentation 2015

    Presentation by Hamish Lash at the TOS Partnership Meeting 2015. Bay of Plenty approach to Sabella incursion.

    1.9 MB • PDF File • 28 May 2015

  • Incident Response Manual

    The purpose of this Manual is to provide an agreed process for TOS Marine Biosecurity Partners to respond to an incident that poses a marine biosecurity risk within the Top of the South Island region. Incidents include reports of marine risk organism incursions and suspect risk vectors. This Manual sets out guidance so that decisions and processes are approached in a consistent and agreed manner by all Councils and stakeholders with regional responsibilities under the Partnership. Current version 3.1 updated 31 May 2017.

    884 KB • PDF File • 31 May 2017

  • Incursions and Near Miss Register

    Incursions and Near Miss Register - updated 14 June 2017.

    667 KB • PDF File • 14 June 2017

  • Irene Middleton Presentation 2015

    Presentation by Irene Middleton and Don McKenzie, Northland Regional Council, at the TOS Partnership Meeting 2015. Cutting edge approaches to marine biosecurity in Northland.

    1.4 MB • PDF File • 28 May 2015

  • Marine encapsulation

    Presentation by Bruce Lines, Diving Services Ltd, at the TOS Partnership Meeting, May 2014.

    3.1 MB • PDF File • 14 June 2014

  • Marine Farming

    Presentation on marine farming, by Colin Johnston, Aquaculture NZ, at the Partnership Meeting, May 2013.

    2.2 MB • PDF File • 21 May 2013

  • Marine Pests Poster

    Help stop these marine pests spreading in the Top of the South - A2 poster.

    346 KB • PDF File • 31 March 2015

  • Mussel eye view

    Presentation by Rebecca Clarkson, Aquaculture NZ, at the TOS Partnership Meeting, May 2014.

    838 KB • PDF File • 14 June 2014

  • New Zealand's Marine Pest Identification Guide

    This guide contains the top 11 marine pest species that we don't want in New Zealand. You can help us by reporting any suspect marine animal or plant.

    2.8 MB • PDF File • 29 April 2013

  • Notes from Partnership Meeting 2015

    Notes from the TOS Partnership Meeting held on 22 May 2015.

    274 KB • PDF File • 28 May 2015

  • Partners Newsletter - August 2016

    Find out what Mana Marina in Wellington is doing for marine biosecurity risk reduction, and learn about Fiordland's pathway plan proposal. Peter shares some of his learnings from recent overseas travels, and Barrie has some results from the Summer survey work. You'll also find out who the lucky person is who won the free lift and clean after filling out our questionnaire.

    1.3 MB • PDF File • 3 August 2016

  • Partners Newsletter - December 2013

    Our newsletter this month features a story on the recent finding of Mediterranean fanworm in Nelson and what is being done about it. There is also an update on Styela clava in Picton, and an article on how to keep hitchhiking pests off your boat.

    1.3 MB • PDF File • 11 December 2013

  • Partners Newsletter - December 2014

    Our newsletter for December features the fishing vessel Voyager P which was wrapped in plastic in Port Nelson to remove the biosecurity risk associated with its highly fouled hull. There is an article on Envirolink, Pete's Pondering on pathways planning, and a special guest spot with Environment Southland talking about the Fiordland Marine Pathway Management Plan.

    1.5 MB • PDF File • 2 December 2014

  • Partners Newsletter - February 2013

    Find out about how we were involved in Seaweek, our boat fouling survey, and the feature marine pest.

    684 KB • PDF File • 3 April 2013

  • Partners Newsletter - July 2013

    Find out about how the discovery of the clubbed tunnicate Styela clava in Picton during the MPI/NIWA High Risk Site Survey in June 2013 tested our response capabilities.

    937 KB • PDF File • 12 August 2013

  • Partners Newsletter - June 2014

    The feature article is Pathway Management for TOS. Barrie talks about Partnership Meeting Science Perspectives, and boat fouling levels in the Top of the South. Peter presents highlights from the Annual Report. Plus new national biosecurity requirements for all vessels entering New Zealand were announced in May - find out more.

    1.1 MB • PDF File • 18 June 2014

  • Partners Newsletter - June 2015

    In our newsletter this month you'll find a report on what happened at the annual Partnership Meeting held in May, Barrie's Bilge talks about the case for pathways management, there is a message from our outgoing Chair Lindsay Vaughan, there are also updates on what marine pests are invading the seas in the Tasman region, Nelson and Picton Port survey results, and our guest spot is Bay of Plenty Regional Council - find out what they've been doing to manage pests in their region.

    632 KB • PDF File • 24 June 2015

  • Partners Newsletter - March 2014

    The feature article is on pathway management, Barrie discusses what we are learning from recent pest incursions, and Peter discusses the importance of networking.

    1.4 MB • PDF File • 7 March 2014

  • Partners Newsletter - March 2015

    The feature this month is Bruce Lines of Diving Services NZ who has been at the forefront of wrapping up vessels and structures since this technology was first used as part of the Didemnum response in Marlborough a decade ago. Pete ponders on pathways, a decade on, and the guest spot belongs to Cawthron Institute.

    1.4 MB • PDF File • 24 March 2015

  • Partners Newsletter - March 2016

    Find out the results of the summer recreational boat survey, Pete ponders about vessel hygiene, Barrie discusses incursions and marine pests present and past, and there's information about NIWA's new research programme.

    1.3 MB • PDF File • 29 June 2016

  • Partners Newsletter - March 2017

    Find the latest update on the Mediterranean fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii), be aware of new pathways plans for Northland and Southland, find out about what's been happening with our recreational boat surveys over the summer, and a guest spot for Cawthron who talk about biofouling in internal pipework of recreational vessels.

    669 KB • PDF File • 28 March 2017

  • Partners Newsletter - May 2013

    The summer survey found over a third of vessels on swing moorings in Nelson Haven were highly fouled with encrusting organisms - find out more

    1.1 MB • PDF File • 10 May 2013

  • Partners Newsletter - November 2015

    In our November newsletter you can find out what's been happening with Styela and Sabella in Picton and Waikawa, what was learnt from the Saxon Onward, and check out the "Is your bum clean" campaign being launched this summer.

    1.4 MB • PDF File • 16 November 2015

  • Partners Newsletter - October 2013

    Find out about Marine Pathways, and why it's not just hull fouling that spreads marine pests.

    1.2 MB • PDF File • 7 October 2013

  • Partners Newsletter - October 2016

    In our October newsletter you can learn more about the recent find of fanworm in Tarakohe, Golden Bay. Pete ponders about diseases that adversely affect marine organisms, Barrie discusses choosing the correct antifouling, there is an update from MPI, and read about the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.

    1.2 MB • PDF File • 31 October 2016

  • Partners Newsletter - September 2014

    The feature article this month is about floating docks - an important tool in the kit for treating hull bio-fouling. There is an update on what is happening with new pests to the region, and Pete is pondering about a Pathways Plan proposal.

    1.6 MB • PDF File • 16 September 2014

  • Partners Newsletter - Winter 2017

    Find out about the combined Regional Pest Management Plan and Pathways Plan proposed by the Northland Regional Council. Peter Lawless, Coordinator of TOS Marine Biosecurity shares the Partnership Annual Report. A regional update from Marlborough on Sabella and Styela, the discovery of more invasive Undaria plants in the waters of Fiordland, and a chance to enter the NZ Biosecurity Awards although you'll have to be fast as entries close on 7 July.

    1.5 MB • PDF File • 4 July 2017

  • Partnership Meetng, May 2014

    Notes from the TOS Partnership Meeting held in May 2014.

    202 KB • PDF File • 14 June 2014

  • Partnership Mtg 2016 - Barrie Forrest Presentation

    Presentation by Barrie Forrest at the 2016 TOS Marine Biosecurity Partnership Meeting.

    1.2 MB • PDF File • 11 June 2016

  • Partnership Mtg 2016 - Irene Middleton Presentation

    Presentation by Irene Middleton, Northland Regional Council, at the 2016 TOS Marine Biosecurity Partnership Meeting.

    1.2 MB • PDF File • 11 June 2016

  • Partnership Mtg 2016 - Meeting Notes

    Meeting notes from the 2016 TOS Marine Biosecurity Partnership Meeting held on 27 May.

    356 KB • PDF File • 11 June 2016

  • Partnership Mtg 2016 - Notes from Incident Simulation Exercise

    Notes from the Incident Simulation Exercise held at the 2016 TOS Marine Biosecurity Partnership Meeting.

    434 KB • PDF File • 11 June 2016

  • Partnership Mtg 2016 - Peter Hart Presentation

    Presentation by Peter Hart, Mana Marina, at the 2016 TOS Marine Biosecurity Partnership Meeting.

    2.2 MB • PDF File • 11 June 2016

  • Partnership Mtg 2016 - Peter Lawless Annual Report

    This report sets out work completed for the Top of the South Marine Biosecurity Partnership for 1 July 2015 to May 2016. This is an interim report and the final will be made after 30 June 2016 for the Management Committee.

    192 KB • PDF File • 14 June 2016

  • Partnership Mtg 2016 - Richard Bowman Presentation

    Presentation by Richard Bowman, Environment Southland, at the 2016 TOS Marine Biosecurity Partnership Meeting.

    3.1 MB • PDF File • 11 June 2016

  • Partnership Mts 2017 - Annual Report

    TOS Marine Biosecurity Partnership Annual Report 2017 - presented by Peter Lawless, TOS Marine Biosecurity Coordinator.

    184 KB • PDF File • 16 June 2017

  • Partnership Mts 2017 - Notes from the meeting

    Notes from the TOS Partnership Meeting 2017.

    217 KB • PDF File • 16 June 2017

  • Partnership Mts 2017 - Presentation by Barrie Forrest

    Recreational Vessel Summer Survey, presented by Barrie Forrest, TOS Marine Biosecurity.

    819 KB • PDF File • 16 June 2017

  • Partnership Mts 2017 - Presentation by Colin Johnston

    Progress with Sabella and Styela presented by Colin Johnston, Aquaculture NZ.

    1.1 MB • PDF File • 16 June 2017

  • Partnership Mts 2017 - Presentation by Jono Underwood

    Small scale management of Sabella presented by Jono Underwood, Marlborough District Council.

    976 KB • PDF File • 16 June 2017

  • Partnership Mts 2017 - Presentation by Shaun Cunningham

    Fiordland Pathways Plan, presentation by Shaun Cunningham, Environment Southland.

    2.1 MB • PDF File • 16 June 2017

  • Partnership Mts 2017 - Presentation by Sophia Clark

    Proposed Northland Regional Pest and Marine Plan and Pathway Plan presented by Sophia Clark, Northland Regional Council.

    2.1 MB • PDF File • 16 June 2017

  • Partnership Mts 2017 - Presentation by Tracey Bates

    Hull fouling at the border presented by Tracey Bates, MPI.

    919 KB • PDF File • 16 June 2017

  • Pest Pathways

    Presentation on Pest Pathways, by Mark Newton, Cawthron, at the Partnership Meeting, May 2013.

    578 KB • PDF File • 21 May 2013

  • Peter Lawless Presentation 2015

    Presentation by Peter Lawless, TOS Partnership Coordinator, at the TOS Partnership Meeting 2015. Making pathways management work in a regional context.

    137 KB • PDF File • 28 May 2015

  • Rebecca Clarkson Presentation 2015

    Presentation by Rebecca Clarkson, Aquaculture NZ, at the TOS Partnership Meeting 2015. Aquaculture perspectives on pathways.

    961 KB • PDF File • 28 May 2015

  • Rose Bird Presentation 2015

    Presentation by Rose Bird, MPI, at the TOS Partnership Meeting 2015. MPI's work on national marine pathways.

    1.1 MB • PDF File • 28 May 2015

  • Sabella final report

    This report to the Nelson City Council reviews actions taken on notification of an incursion of the fanworm Sabella spallanzanii in Nelson Harbour. Identification has been confirmed but spawning is unlikely to have occurred due to immaturity of the specimens examined and that there appeared to be a single age class of worms on the vessel.

    543 KB • PDF File • 4 June 2013

  • Science perspectives

    Presentation by Barrie Forrest, Partnership Scientist, at the TOS Partnership Meeting, May 2014.

    1.6 MB • PDF File • 14 June 2014

  • Summary of Strategic Plan

    Read a summary of the Top of the South Marine Biosecurity Strategic Plan 2013.

    177 KB • PDF File • 29 April 2013

  • TOS Annual Report 2014-2015

    This report sets out work completed for the Top of the South Marine Biosecurity Partnership for 1 July 2013 to May 2015. This is an interim report for the Partnership meeting in May with a final to be provided for the management committee at the end of June 2015.

    136 KB • PDF File • 28 May 2015

  • TOS Annual Report/Pathways Project

    Presentations by Peter Lawless, Partnership Coordinator, at the TOS Partnership Meeting, May 2014. First presentation is the Annual Report, second presentation is the Pathways Project.

    2.8 MB • PDF File • 14 June 2014

  • TOS Annual Report

    Presentation of TOS Annual Report by Peter Lawless, Coordinator, TOS Marine Biosecurity Partnership, at the Partnership Meeting, May 2014.

    1.6 MB • PDF File • 21 May 2013

  • Vessel Hull Fouling Report 2013

    In summer 2013, hull fouling status was surveyed on 577 vessels in the top of the south island, consisting of berths and pile moorings in Nelson marina, and a small number of swing moorings in Nelson Harbour and Waikawa Bay. This report outlines the findings.

    1.9 MB • PDF File • 28 June 2013

  • Vessel Hull Fouling Report 2014

    This report describes a survey of hull fouling on 528 recreational vessels in the TOS that was conducted in summer 2014, which repeats monitoring undertaken in summer 2013. Vessels inspected consisted of 459 in Nelson marina, and 69 on swing moorings in Nelson Harbour (19) and Waikawa Bay (50).

    1.1 MB • PDF File • 30 June 2014

  • Vessel Hull Fouling Survey 2016

    The Top of the South (TOS) Marine Biosecurity Partnership has been focusing some of its activities on better understanding and managing biofouling risks from recreational vessel movements. There are several thousand recreational vessels at marina berths or on swing moorings in the TOS region, as well as vessels that visit from areas outside the TOS. This study found that recreational vessels pose a significant biosecurity risk to many of the locations with important values in the Top of the South (TOS).

    1.2 MB • PDF File • 26 July 2016

  • Vessel Hull Fouling Survey 2017

    This report describes a summer monitoring survey of fouling and marine pests on recreational vessels across the Top of the South, as well as marine pest checks on a subset of associated moorings and other structures. The survey focused on locations outside of the main vessel hubs, and included areas commonly visited by boaters from other regions. The key findings described reinforce the potential role of recreational vessels in the spread of marine pests, and highlight the importance of managing this pathway effectively.

    1.5 MB • PDF File • 24 May 2017

  • View from the Ports

    Presentation by Captain David Duncan and Thomas Marchant, Port Nelson, at the TOS Partnership Meeting, May 2014.

    1.5 MB • PDF File • 14 June 2014