OUTPUT 74 BIOSECURITY POST BORDER AND RESEARCH DELIVERED
This output includes provision of a limited surveillance and initial incursion programme to manage the risks to the marine environment posed by unwanted organisms; and the delivery of research to enhance the evidential basis for intervention and management services.
The focus of this output is on protecting the marine environment of New Zealand through early detection of introductions of unwanted organisms, and preparedness for rapid incursion response to the arrival of unwanted organisms in New Zealand.
Output 74-performance expectations table.
All results achieved to specified quality standards.
||Actual expenditure is within the range of 90% - 110% of the budgeted amount.|
||All results are achieved within the specified timeframes.|
Output 74-results table.
||Quality & timeliness
Active surveillance programme maintained in 8 ports
The programme of field surveys for the winter of 2004 was completed.
Asian kelp Undaria was the only unwanted organism detected in the surveys.
|Limited incursion response capability maintained
Agriquality was contracted to develop the capability to respond to an incursion response in the marine environment. The initial task was to identify the components and cost of providing this capability, which will require new funding to implement.
|Biodiversity Strategy projects progressed
||Baseline marine biosecurity:
Baseline field surveys were completed in 16 ports and marinas of first entry to NZ in 2001/02 and 2002/03.
Marine biosecurity risk profile:
A contract was let to develop molecular tools to assist species risk assessment. Using these tools, a further contract was let to examine the origin and abundance of introduced crab species in New Zealand.
Ballast water compliance:
The Smithsonian Institute was contracted to manage a programme of ballast water sampling and analysis on voyages by commercial vessels crossing the Tasman Sea. This will contribute to research undertaken in the northern hemisphere that is focused on developing cost-effective tools for use by coastal states to determine compliance with controls on ballast water discharges.
The Chatham Islands vector management programme has been under way since September 2003, and has been successful in detecting Undaria on target vessels. A voluntary management programme has been under way since December 2002 for vessels travelling to the sub-Antarctic islands.
The surveillance programme was extended to include field surveys in the summer of 2004/05, and include additional ports and marinas.