Marine Biosecurity


Our team has been at the forefront of pest management processes in New Zealand for well over a decade. We pride ourselves on using tools and methods that provide a genuine practical and cost-effective results. 

Previous projects have included programs targeting  Didemnum vexillum ,Sabella spallanzanii (Mediterranean fanworm) originally in Lyttelton, Auckland and Nelson. We currently run small scale marine pest management programmes  for several councils .

Diving Services NZ has led the way with development of effective in‑water treatment options such as vessel and structure encapsulation, as well as salmon farm infrastructure treatment. We have ‘encapsulated’ ships up to 115 meters in length, and to date have treated numerous smaller and almost one hundred mid to large size vessels. We have wrapped wharf piles from Auckland to Bluff, and have developed new, practical ways to combat marine pests in the difficult marine environment.

Marine biosecurity is not rocket science. However, to be effective it must be managed by a team that is not just experienced but driven to engage with the process to get the right result. We have seen too many very poor-quality inspections and treatments done within New Zealand, and unfourtunately even from company’s claiming to be Biosecurity experts. We say ask around, and get background information on experience and results before choosing a company to do your work.

We can assist with the consent process, hull treatments, MPI Inspections and reporting as well as DOC inspections for vessels moving south, to important areas such as Fiordland and the sub Antarctic Islands.

Diving Services NZ has been involved in numerous marine invasive species treatment programs from Bluff to Whangarei.