Surveillance programmes: finding pests and diseases early

05 March 2020

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is always looking for pests and diseases that might have arrived from overseas. Finding them early is vital for successful biosecurity responses and a new publication explains more about the what, where and why of our nation’s surveillance programmes, including fruit fly in the Bay of Plenty.

The Atlas of biosecurity surveillance is a full colour, interesting magazine-style publication that brings together specialists in animal, marine, plant and environmental science, plus everyday New Zealanders, to detect pests and diseases. The work it details includes

- general surveillance to keep watch for any pest or disease, in any environment

- 13 targeted programmes focusing on specific pests, diseases and biosecurity risks.

You can view and download the publication here.