Advisory - Sea squirt not detected in Nelson

14 November 2005

Biosecurity New Zealand's surveillance of high risk locations for the presence of the sea squirt, the clubbed tunicate, has not detected its presence in the Nelson Port.

Work continues this week checking further locations around New Zealand.

Locations scheduled to be surveyed are:

  • Tarakohe (Golden Bay) – tomorrow Tuesday 15 November
  • Whitianga: 15 November
  • Picton and Waikawa - to be carried out starting end of this week and being completed early next week
  • Opua: date change to earlier advisory - now 21


  • Tutukaka: date change - 22 November
  • Tauranga/Whakatane: end of the month.

Note: All of these dates are scheduled but are weather dependant.

Biosecurity New Zealand continues to ask members of the public and marine users to report any suspect finds to its free 0800 number: 0800 80 99 66.

And it is asking boaties to ensure their boat hulls are clean and free of fouling. The sea squirt can be spread on fouled boat hulls.

Detailed information about the sea squirt, including pictures, can be found at:

For further information, including setting up photo opportunities at surveillance locations, please contact: Lesley Patston Senior Communications Adviser Ph. 027 2051418



Last Updated: 28 September 2010

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