New - The Regional Pest Management Strategy is under review
In Marlborough, we are faced with the ever present risk of new organisms becoming established that can impact our environment, primary industries and even the quality of life of our communities.
The management of risk and incursions into New Zealand are overseen by the Ministry for Primary Industries whereas Council’s role is to oversee risks, incursions and management of threatening organisms to Marlborough. Both those in other parts of the country not wanted (eg; Wallabies) and those of serious concern already in our District (e.g. Chilean Needle Grass).
The work of the Biosecurity Team spans from the mountains to the sea. This can be the management of wilding conifers, other pest plants; feral rabbits all the way to preventing marine pest species become established.
A primary focus of the Biosecurity team's job is to implement the Regional Pest Management Plan Strategy which outlines the key organisms Council has determined meet all the requirements set out under the Biosecurity Act 1993 and National Policy Direction for Pest Management 2015. In doing so, these organisms are declared pests and in some instances place obligations on land occupiers or even all persons. More importantly, the RPMS lays out the programmes with clear objectives Council wishes to achieve over a period of time.
There are numerous other components of work the Biosecurity team deliver under the broader Biosecurity programme. This ranges from investigating new threats, conducting or supporting a raft of research initiatives (including biological control agents for established pests) and providing advice to the community
All of these work components are outlined within the Regional Pest Management Strategy Operational Plan and associated annual reports.
Another important role for the Biosecurity team is to advise and provide awareness of biosecurity issues and methods to control and prevent the spread of pests.
If you find a plant and are not sure what species it is, the Landcare Research plant ID is a great resource to help you. If you are still unsure what it may be, contact the Biosecurity team who can submit specimens directly to Landcare Research and get their botanists to ID the plant.