Change to Bluff & Stewart Island Hull Inspection Service

The following is an email received from Environment Southland

Good morning,
Those of you based in Bluff and Stewart Island may be aware of the routine hull inspection programme for Fiordland bound vessels that is carried out by MPI and Young Fishing Ltd. This service is moving to only on-request between May and October (after October it will return to routine monthly inspections) and available to anyone intending to travel to Fiordland via Bluff or Stewart Island. Allow at least five days prior to departure to arrange for an inspection and please take note of the changes and contact details below;
No routine monthly vessel inspections in Bluff and Stewart Island from May to October 2018
For the last few years the Ministry for Primary Industries has contracted Young Fishing Limited to undertake hull inspections of known Fiordland-bound vessels based in Bluff and Stewart Island for the presence of marine pests e.g. the invasive seaweed Undaria pinnatifida.
This message is to inform you that as of 1 May until 31 October 2018 there will be no routine monthly vessel hull inspections for marine pests undertaken by Young Fishing Ltd in Bluff and Stewart Island. However, if you are travelling to Fiordland over this time on-request inspections are still available. To arrange an on-request inspection during this period, please contact Young Fishing Ltd on 027 680 1258 or 

Prior to visiting Fiordland please also ensure your hull and marine equipment is free of fouling, and make sure you have applied for a Clean Vessel Pass under the Fiordland Marine Pathway Management Plan

If you are visiting Breaksea Sound please familiarise yourself with the new restrictions (via a Controlled Area) that are in place on Environment Southlands website

If you have any questions on the revised vessel monitoring programme please contact Jen Brunton at the Ministry for Primary Industries on

Kind regards

Shaun Cunningham
Biosecurity Officer
Environment Southland  Te Taiao Tonga
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