MPI to get tough on stink bug ships
With the support of KVH, biosecurity officials at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are promising to take tough action against cargo vessels believed to be infested with the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) during the upcoming risk season.
If an arriving ship is infested with stink bug it will be prevented from discharging its cargo and directed to leave New Zealand. There is a very low threshold for determining contamination – MPI says if a single bug is found they will thoroughly investigate whether the entire vessel is contaminated.
As with previous stink bug seasons, there will also be increased surveillance and inspection of arriving vessels and cargo from countries with established stink bug populations. Read more about what’s being done to manage the BMSB risk, detailed in the last KVH Bulletin here.