Mediterranean Fanworm - Sabella spallanzanii
You may be aware the imminent threat that this invasive species poses. We must take responsibility to follow the reasonable steps necessary to keep the Coromandel region free from infestation. Mediterranean Fanworm has the potential to be a significant threat to the NZ Biodiversity. The worm has taken hold in several regions around the North Island, and is prolific in Auckland, so vigilance is necessary, especially if you keep (or visit for prolonged periods) your vessel in the infected areas.
What can each of us do to prevent the arrival of this pest?
Waikato Regional Council and other Marine Operators are requesting Boats visiting the Coromandel this summer to:
a. Anti-foul vessel hull within the last 6 months or:
b. vessel has been lifted and washed within the last month
We ask property owners to convey these new recommendations to visitors arriving in their vessels, in the aim to avoid any unwanted surprises and the spread of Mediterranean Fanworm.
If you should sight the Fanworm or any other unusual looking marine animal, are asked to report it to MPI’s pest and diseases hot-line 0800 809966 or call the council on 0800 800 401.
These are reasonable measures to mitigate the spread of fan worm.
For further information on Mediterranean Fan Worm please visit the Ministry of Primary Industries Website by clicking here.