Auckland’s Regional Pest Management Plan has come into effect, extending effective biosecurity protection into the sea as well as the land. Auckland Council reports the new provisions will require boats to have no more than a slime layer and barnacles on the hull. The Council will focus on education in the first instance, to ensure boat owners understand their new obligations and how to comply. Compliance will follow a risk-based approach, focusing particularly on boats that are moving to new sites, especially the outer gulf islands, west coast and other areas that are currently relatively free from marine pests.