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Fiordland Marine Guardians Annual Report 2017-2018


4 October 2018


It is with great pleasure that we present our Annual Report for the year to July 2018. You can download a pdf copy of the report here. If you would prefer a hard copy, please contact Allison at


We work closely with our agency and council partners and the community to identify and mitigate risks to the area. This year we have dealt with a wide range of matters, which are summarised on pages 9-10 of the report. We are encouraged by the increasing number of interested parties that are engaging with us either by participating in our meetings or connecting via letters. We have a number of challenges ahead, but are well poised to tackle them due to the strong relationships with the community and agency partners.


We appreciate your engagement with and support of the important mahi that we are undertaking to ensure that the Fiordland Marine Area is maintained and enhanced for future generations to use and enjoy.


Vessel inspections in Bluff and Stewart Island to 1 November 2018


1 September 2018


For the last few years Biosecurity New Zealand 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 as of 1 November routine (monthly) vessel hull inspections for marine pests undertaken by Young Fishing Ltd in Bluff and Stewart Island will commence again. However, if you are travelling to Fiordland before this time (or at any time of the year) you may request a one-off vessel inspection.


Please contact Young Fishing Ltd on 027 680 1258 or to arrange a time and date for an on-request inspection.


Te Panui Kaitiaki o Ata Whenua, the newsletter of the Fiordland Marine Guardians


We are excited to present our latest issue of Te Panui Kaitiaki o Ata Whenua. We plan to keep you updated on some of the issues we are grappling with in the region and welcome your thoughts and feedback.


Our June newsletter is out now click here.


Controlled Area Declared for Breaksea Sound 


21 December 2017


A Controlled Area notice has been issued for an area of Breaksea Sound in Fiordland to prevent further spread of the Asian seaweed Undaria pinnatifida (Undaria). Environment Southland biosecurity manager Richard Bowman said the notice issued for Breaksea Sound will not prevent access to the area, but will put restrictions in place for mooring, equipment and anchoring.


As Guardians we felt it was imperative to push for a Controlled Area at the site of the Undaria infestation in Breaksea Sound.


We welcome this decision from Environment Southland. Having a Controlled Area will significantly reduce the risk of people transporting Undaria to other areas in Fiordland on their boats and gear and provide valuable time to consider how else we can act to manage this incursion. With the exception of Undaria in Breaksea Sound, Fiordland is one of the last coastal marine areas of New Zealand that remains free of invasive species. We argue that this status is worth fighting for.


To find out more and read the notice visit

If you see Undaria or any other marine pest in Fiordland, report this to the MPI Biosecurity hotline 0800 80 99 66.

Invasive undaria - photo credit: Kath Blakemore

Undaria is just one of the marine pest species that agency staff are on the lookout for in Fiordland. 


Beneath the Reflections – updated user’s guide

The Fiordland Marine Guardians and partner agencies have published an updated user guide to the Fiordland Marine Area. We strongly encourage people using the 2008 edition to update their copy and ensure they are familiar with current regulations within the FMA. Beneath the Reflections is the go-to guide for visitors to the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area. An interesting and informative read, it will help you to get the most from your visit to Fiordland. To find out more about the user guide and to order or download a copy click here.

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