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Oceania Marine Battles Exotic Marine Pest | Oceania Green

Oceania Marine Battles Exotic Marine Pest

Oceania Marine’s two shipyards located at North and South Shipyards, Port Whangarei, New Zealand are official haulout sites for the removal of exotic marine pests that are identified on contaminated vessels. The process of treating such vessels involves urgently hauling the vessel, once identified, on the 800 tonne slipway at North Shipyard or the 100 tonne travelift at South Shipyard onto isolated containment areas for removal and cleaning. This may also involve treatment with chemicals such as chlorine.

The issue has come to the fore recently with the decision of the local territorial authority to control the spread of Mediterranean Fanworm (Sabella Spallanzanii) within the Northland region. The status of this marine pest within New Zealand is defined as ‘established’ and it is very hard to control. Some regions are allowing nature to take it’s course making it difficult if not impossible for other regions to be effective in their attempts to control it. Whatever ones point of view is on what should be done about Fanworm it serves as an excellent, and unfortunate, example of why vessels entering New Zealand water from overseas need to be vigilant in monitoring their underwater hulls and maintain their antifouling coatings.

Oceania Marine North Shipyard, Port Whangarei, New Zealand - Example Mediterranean Fanworm (Sabella Spallanzanii) infestation

Oceania Marine North Shipyard, Port Whangarei, New Zealand – Example Mediterranean Fanworm (Sabella Spallanzanii) infestation

 

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