|RFx ID :||20318860|
|Tender Name :||Understanding Barriers to In-water Biofouling Management|
|Reference # :||O - 405760|
|Open Date :||Tuesday, 23 October 2018 4:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)|
|Close Date :||Monday, 26 November 2018 2:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)|
|Tender Type :||Request for Proposals (RFP)|
|Tender Coverage :||Sole Agency [?]|
|Required Pre-qualifications :||None|
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This research is to inform the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) of the barriers and opportunities for effective in-water cleaning of vessel biofouling.
Vessel biofouling is a significant pathway for introducing and spreading non-indigenous species in New Zealand’s marine ecosystems. To manage these risks, the Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) for Biofouling on Vessels arriving to New Zealand came into force on 15th May 2018. In addition, local government is regulating hull biofouling in regional coastal plans to manage the domestic biofouling pathway.
In-water cleaning is an important component to managing biofouling associated with vessels, however, the regulatory environment can be complex to navigate. Improved guidance and information for regulatory agencies, vessel owners, and allied marine industries is required to ensure in-water cleaning is a viable tool that can meet all regulatory requirements. Actively facilitating information and knowledge exchange between key stakeholders is an expected outcome of this research.
Vessel biofouling is one of the largest biosecurity risks to New Zealand’s marine environment. This research is an opportunity to work with stakeholders across the marine biosecurity regulatory system to ensure that the in-water cleaning is an effective tool. Research outputs will contribute to protecting New Zealand’s marine environment and its associated social, cultural and economic values from biological risk.