The Regional Pest Management Strategy for Marlborough 2012
Council is involved in pest management to varying degrees depending on the extent, spread and costs of management for the various pests. Council’s main method of managing pests has been through developing and implementing a regional pest management strategy. The Regional Pest Management Strategy for Marlborough (strategy) has been prepared by Council under the Biosecurity Act 1993 and includes pests that have a regional, rather than national, significance.
The Council’s current strategy has programmes for 33 plant and four animal species officially declaring them as pests under the Biosecurity Act 1993, because they cause, or have the potential to cause, significant adverse effects on Marlborough’s economy and/or environment.
Individual pests are classified by the strategy in order to achieve relevant objectives and are grouped into one of the following three main categories:
Total control pests
Limited distribution and density. The long-term aim is eradication.
Containment control pests
Already well-established, with the long term aim being to prevent spread to new areas and reduce density where possible.
Monitored for their distribution, spread and impact over the life of the strategy.
Implementation of the strategy
The ongoing implementation of the strategy is directed by an operational plan which provides an outline of the annual work programme and key objectives. The main management methods used by Council to implement the strategy include;
- Monitoring and surveillance, which helps determine what pests exist in Marlborough, the extent to which they are present and their impacts. Ongoing monitoring determines whether we are being successful in control.
- Information, education and advice is provided to land occupiers, as well as to the wider community, on the best way to control pests. This is done through a variety of means including: direct contact by Council staff, community meetings, rural shows and the distribution of information sheets, etc.
- Regulation and rules requiring land occupiers to carry out work to remove some plant and animal pests. Council helps by preparing and facilitation of programmes that map out target dates and requirements for land occupiers to complete the work.
- Direct control is appropriate for a small number of pests that are in low numbers and is carried out by Council or, in some cases, the Department of Conservation. The eventual aim is to eradicate these pests from Marlborough.
Where can I see a copy of the strategy?
A copy of the s trategy can be viewed below, or in several libraries around central New Zealand, as well as at Council's offices. Alternatively, request a copy by contacting our Customer Service Centres on phone: 520 7400.
2012 Regional Pest Management Strategy (RPMS)
Regional Pest Management Strategy Operational Plans
Council has prepared an operational plan that identifies activities undertaken by the Council in implementing the strategy through to 2017. Each year, the Operation Plan is reviewed in accordance with suggestions from the annual Operational Plan Report.
In accordance with Section 78 of the Biosecurity Act 1993, the following exemption has been issued for rules within the Regional Pest Management Strategy for Marlborough (2012):
Twelve plant and animal species are classified as containment control pests in MDC's Regional Pest Management Strategy due to their impacts on economic and ecological values.
Seven pest species are classified as surveillance pests in the Marlborough district.
Eight plant and animal species are classified as total control pests in the Marlborough district due to their potential impact on economic values (Marlborough District Council initative).