SPS Biosecurity was contracted to carryout delimitation surveys and mapping for Great Willowherb in North Canterbury, New Zealand. This highly invasive pest plant easily disperses by both seed and aggressive rhizome growth, allowing it to establish in pristine wetlands.
The SPS team searched wetland areas for this pest plant and conducted follow up inspections as part of the investigation and tracing process.
Great Willowherb Factsheet PDF
|Plant in full seed with some distinctive flowers still present||Large area of wetland covered in Great Willowherb||Plants growing in a roadside ditch over 3m tall
||Pristine wetland where Great Willowherb was found||Rhizome on a plant growing on the edge of a gravel pit lake|
MPI Media Relaease
Australian forest and timber insects are common introductions to New Zealand
New Zealand trees and forests are only a four-hour flight away from Australian pests and diseases.
These can either be simply blown across the Tasman Sea or arrive as ‘hitchhikers’ that manage to evade the Ministry for Primary Industries strict border biosecurity.
Some of the most common insects that SPS Biosecurity find during detection surveys, include wood-borers and foliage feeders of eucalyptus.
Over the past five years two new paropsine beetles, Paropsisterna beata and Paropsisterna variicollis have been detected. Both the adults and larvae of these types of beetles feed on eucalyptus foliage. Established pests that have been in the country for a while, also continue to be detected by the team in new regions. The gum emperor moth Opodiphthera eucalypti and wood-boring longhorn beetle Epithora dorsalis, are just two examples that continue to increase their range across New Zealand.
The most recent new introduction on eucalyptus is the red gum lerp psyllid Glycaspis brimblecombei. This was found by one of our directors in North Canterbury in 2017.
Island Biosecurity Plans
Islands usually have unique flora and fauna and are also often free of many pests found on larger land masses.
SPS Biosecurity specializes in developing border biosecurity plans for islands. We have a good track record of managing both marine and terrestrial biosecurity risks related to human activity.Recently SPS has developed Biosecurity and Quarantine Plans for construction companies, consulting engineers, aid and development programmes, shipping companies and Government agencies.
- Shipment of quarried products to Norfolk Island. Developing a Biosecurity Plan and procedures
- Wharf development - Pitt Island. Biosecurity Plan, verification and operational implementation
- Wharf and industrial development Waitangi, Chatham Island. Biosecurity Plan, verification and operational implementation
- Agricultural equipment shipments to Savai’i, Samoa. Biosecurity Plan and operational implementation
- Full border-biosecurity delivery, Chatham Islands. Biosecurity Plan, verification, operational implementation, training and extension (public and industry)
- Marine biosecurity. Risk Management for vessels traveling to sensitive areas. Biosecurity Plan, verification and operational implementation
- Cocoa sector Biosecurity Plan for the island of Samar, Philippines (scheduled for 2018)
| Treatment of a container before loading for Pitt Island.
Client - Downer NZ
Earth-moving equipment cleaned, inspected and approved
for shipment to the Chatham Islands.
Client - Memorial Park Alliance
McCallum Brothers barge and tug ready to sail to
the Chatham Islands after hull anti-fouling
Client - McCallum Bros
Representatives of the Australian engineering consultancy
firm Advisian discuss biosecurity protocols SPS Biosecurity,
to ship pest-free aggregate to Norfolk Island.
Client - Advisian
Pre-cast concrete breakwater blocks ready to be treated
for potential ant and plague skink infestation before shipping to
a NZ off-shore island.
Client - HEB Construction
|Large working barges and tugs at anchor in Port Hutt,
Chatham Islands, waiting for a hull bio-fouling inspection.
Client – Environment Canterbury, Herron Construction.
|Inspection dive to assess hull fouling levels at Port Hutt,
Client - Herron Construction.
One tonne bags of aggregate for making concrete
ready for loading. SPS Biosecurity has developed
biosecurity protocols for quarries, quarried product and
construction sites to adequately manage pest risk.
Client - Fulton Hogan Ltd
New nursery shade houses arrive in
Savai’i Samoa. A Biosecurity and Quarantine Plan
was developed for the shipments to stop new pests
arriving and damaging cocoa plantations in Samoa.
Whittaker’s Chocolate, NZ Foreign Affairs and Trade
Cocoa Plantation Pest Survey - Western Savai'i Samoa
SPS Biosecurity recently conducted a tree health and pest assessment for the cocoa sector in Western Savai’i, Samoa.
Aerial UAV assessments and follow up ground surveys looked at the influence or potential negative influence that pests and diseases might have on cocoa Theobroma cacao. The tree health symptomatic survey was conducted at seven plantation sites across Western Savai’i and one cocoa nursery. The survey confirmed that pest and disease influence was generally low and the overall number of introduced pest species and new encounter interactions was also low.
The ‘heirloom’ Trinitario variety of cocoa grown on Western Savai’i is known to suffer significant losses due to pests in other countries. Stopping new pest agents arriving will be an important part of building resilience for farmers and the growing sector.
SPS Biosecurity has also developed a Biosecurity Plan to address biosecurity risk pathways and reduce the chances of ‘hitchhiker’ cocoa pests arriving.
Healthy cocoa pods ready for husking
A plume moth pupae. Larvae of this moth cause significant
Early stages of black pod disease. This is the most serious
SPS Biosecurity managed the border biosecurity for a $53m wharf development on the Chatham Islands
For the $53m rebuild of the Waitangi wharf on the Chatham Islands SPS Biosecurity worked with the construction group; Memorial Park Alliance, Chatham Island Council and Environment Canterbury to ensure new pests were not transported to the Islands. The biosecurity management plan catered for an expected 7000 tons of freight to be shipped by sea and included both marine and terrestrial biosecurity.
World Forestry Congress - South Africa
Director, Paul Bradbury travelled to Durban to attend the 14th World Forestry congress, Durban South Africa. This is was the first time the FAO sponsored congress had been held on the African continent and attracted over 4000 delegates. Although impossible to attend many of the concurrent sessions an effort was made to participate in presentations and workshops involving biosecurity, market access, standard setting, agro-forestry and ecosystem services provided by forests.
The international view on the role of forests, their preservation and restoration is quite different to New Zealand approach. In New Zealand, preservation and the exclusion of economic activities in natural forest areas is favoured but this is quite an alien concept elsewhere in the world, where communities live in and interact with their forests. The FAO acknowledges that forests are vital in providing ecosystem services that include or enhance agricultural activities and other sustainable uses. As good conservation outcomes are difficult without economic resilience. (How refreshing)
The four outcome documents of the XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, 7–11 September 2015.
The Durban Declaration, including actions recommended by Congress participants to implement the 2050 vision for forests and forestry. Message from the XIV World Forestry Congress on the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Message on climate change from the XIV World Forestry Congress