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New Zealand marine biosecurity: delivering outcomes in a fluid environment

Hewitt, CL, Willing, J, Bauckham, A, Cassidy, AM, Cox, CMS, Jones, L and Wotton, DM 2004 , 'New Zealand marine biosecurity: delivering outcomes in a fluid environment' , New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, vol. 38, no. 3 , pp. 429-438 .

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hewitt, CL and Willing, J and Bauckham, A and Cassidy, AM and Cox, CMS and Jones, L and Wotton, DM
Keywords: biological introductions; marine biosecurity; invasions; non-indigenous species; management; policy
Journal or Publication Title: New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
ISSN: 0028-8330
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