Your enjoyment impacts the environment
New Zealand has one of the highest levels of recreational boating activity in the world. At over 15,000 kilometres, we have the tenth longest coastline in the world to enjoy. Boating continues to increase in popularity, making it vital that boaties understand the potential impact they can have on our unique marine environment, and are environmentally friendly in the way they operate and maintain their vessels. Pollutants can enter the ocean from a wide range of sources, including chemical, oil, fuel, and sewage discharges from recreational boats. As well, dirty boat hulls have the potential to carry and spread often- harmful marine pest species. In New Zealand, local authorities such as regional, district and city councils already regulate pollution discharges from industry and sewage through the Resource Management Act. It is timely to recognise the impacts of other pollution sources such as agricultural runoff, failing septic tank systems, commercial shipping, and recreational boating, all of which can significantly contribute to the contamination of our inland and coastal waterways. MAF Bio security’s Clean Boating Programme is part of an international environmental initiative, whereby many marine related businesses and recreational boaties are participating in programmes to improve their environmental performance. The Clean Boating component provides individual boaties with educational materials to help them play their part. As a boat owner or operator, you want to enjoy healthy, safe and pristine waters. For more comprehensive information, fact sheets and links to other useful material, visit: www.cleanboating.org.nz In the meantime help stop the spread of marine pests. New Zealand’s sea life and marine environment are under threat from introduced marine pests. These animals and plants are generally a harmless part of the landscape in their home location, but once introduced to New Zealand waters, can spread quickly and are often difficult and expensive to control. In a new environment, some marine organisms can cause irreversible damage and they often hitchhike from location to location on dirty boat hulls. your boat and enjoyment damaging the paint and hull increasing drag and fuel costs damaging the coastal environment
setting up unsightly populations in the areas you love and causing engine overheating
harming our unique marine biodiversity
putting pressure on native fish and shellfish populations by competing for food, preying on them and damaging habitats
prompting movement controls or fishing/boating bans to control spread
impact on marine farming and commercial fishing While you’re out there, if you find a marine animal or plant that looks out of the ordinary, note its location, grab a sample if you can and call MAF Biosecurity New Zealand on its freephone: 0800 80 99 66.