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Preventing Mediterranean Fanworm in Coromandel Waters

Mediterranean Fanworm (Sabella spallanzanii) is an invasive species that poses an imminent threat to the waterways of Whitianga and the wider Mercury Bay. Currently the Fanworm is prolific in Auckland and has also taken hold in a number of other North Island regions.

Preventing Mediterranean Fanworm in Coromandel Waters 

The fanworm has been identified as a species that has the potential to be a significant threat to NZ Biodiversity and the public is urged to take the necessary steps to keep the Coromandel region free from infestation. Vigilance is necessary, especially if you keep (or visit for prolonged periods) your vessel in the infected areas.

How to prevent the arrival of this pest in the Mercury Bay

Waikato Regional Council and other Marine Operators are requesting Boats visiting the Coromandel this summer to have undertaken one of the following:

  • Anti-foul of your vessel hull within the last 6 months.
  • Vessel has been lifted and washed within the last month.

If you sight the Fanworm or any other unusual looking marine animal, you can report it to the Ministry of Primary Industries pest and diseases hot-line 0800 809966 or call the council on 0800 800 401. Please help with these measures to mitigate the spread of fan worm.

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.

For more information on Mediterranean Fan Worm visit the Ministry of Primary Industries Website.

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