A fact sheet detailing the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) which is an agricultural pest found in Asia and more recently the US. The most likely method of entry into New Zealand is sea containers.
Exotic pests could affect human health and seriously harm New Zealand’s economy and unique environment.Hitchhikers are insects and animals that arrive on vessels – sometimes in small numbers undetected and sometimes in swarms. Some common hitchhiking pests found on ships and yachts at New Zealand ports are ants, termites, beetles, mosquitoes, wasps and bees. You could unknowingly be carrying a variety of pests on board.
Don't bring hitchhikers to New Zealand on your vessel
This fact sheet outlines how exotic pests can be transported to New Zealand via vessels, affecting human health and harming New Zealand’s economy and unique environment. Many insect pests can fly, meaning that they do not have to be physically transferred from a vessel to the land to establish a population.
Notice to Shipping: New Zealand's Measures for Asian Gypsy Moth on Vessels - for 2017 flight season
This guidance document has been issued to accompany the MPI Standard, Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) for Biofouling. It is not a legally binding document and it should be read in conjunction with the CRMS to ensure that all matters relating to meeting the requirements are fully understood.
This guidance document provides best practice guidance and recommendations to owners, operators and persons in charge of craft developing Craft Risk Management Plans. It has been issued to accompany the following Ministry for Primary Industries
Guidance Document to the CRMS for Vessels 20 July 2017