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New Zealand marine biosecurity: delivering outcomes in a fluid environment


Hewitt, CL and Willing, J and Bauckham, A and Cassidy, AM and Cox, CMS and Jones, L and Wotton, DM, New Zealand marine biosecurity: delivering outcomes in a fluid environment, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 38, (3) pp. 429-438. ISSN 0028-8330 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00288330.2004.9517250


Marine biosecurity, the protection of the marine environment from impacts of non-indigenous species, has a high profile in New Zealand largely associated with a dependence on shipping. The Ministry of Fisheries is the lead agency for marine biosecurity and is tasked with managing the risks posed by pests and non-indigenous marine species. Much like the terrestrial environment, multiple pathways provide ample opportunities for new species to arrive. The Marine Biosecurity Team was established in 1998, and under the Biodiversity package delivered by government, has undertaken an ambitious programme to deliver biosecurity outcomes by reducing the knowledge gaps and establishing management frameworks. A Risk Management Framework aids decision-making and operational planning. Despite significant progress, a number of gaps have been identified in our knowledge base, capability, and capacity that require attention.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:Hewitt, CL (Professor Chad Hewitt)
ID Code:46848
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:64
Deposited By:Australian Maritime College
Deposited On:2008-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-23

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