The first week of operational activity to remove flat oysters from Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island is ahead of schedule.
The total number of properties infected with myrtle rust is 52 nationally.
A new standard for biofouling on vessels arriving in New Zealand will apply from May 2018 – less than a year away.
A trial accreditation programme has boosted biosecurity for international cruise ships and will be expanded for future seasons, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
The Ministry for Primary Industries is inviting Southland and Stewart Island residents to community meetings about controlling Bonamia ostreae in flat oysters.
The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced details about how the first flat oysters will be removed from commercial farms in Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island, in a bid to halt the spread of Bonamia ostreae.
Laboratory tests by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have confirmed that the plant fungus myrtle rust is present in Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty.
MPI has today confirmed it will be working with flat oyster farmers to urgently remove all flat oyster stocks from marine farms in Big Glory Bay on Stewart Island.
The total number of properties infected with myrtle rust is 41 nationally. Most are in Taranaki with 35, Northland has 4 and there are 2 in Waikato (King Country).
MPI has taken action after an overseas recall on unauthorised genetically modified (GM) petunias.