Aquatic pests

Do you know your hornwort from your lagarosiphon?

As well as managing pest plants and animals across our region, ORC’s Biosecurity team work hard to prevent freshwater pests from entering and spreading throughout our waterways.  

One of the ways the team do this is through an educational programme called Check, Clean, Dry 

Every Summer ORC staff will frequent rivers, lakes, swimming holes, and fishing spots throughout Central Otago, educating the public on a simple 3-step solution to help stop the spread of freshwater pests. 

This summer, if you’re out on the water, on the boat, the kayak, swimming, fishing or jet skiing, take a moment to: 

CHECK your gear for stowaways and remove the pests either at the site or put it in the rubbish binyour gear for stowaways and remove the pests either at the site or put it in the rubbish bin, 

CLEAN your gear thoroughlyyour gear thoroughly, and  

DRY it for 48 hours before relocating to another waterway!it for 48 hours before relocating to another waterway!  

Check Clean Dry vastly reduces the risk of freshwater pests hitchhiking from one waterway to another aboard our vessels and gear.

Watch the video below to learn how to check clean dry a boat as an example of the method.

Find more information:

Ministry for Primary Industries 

Check, Clean, Dry Pocket Guide 

NIWA Freshwater Pest Guide

Information about Didymo

Information about Lake snow 

 

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