• Using sonic anemometers to measure the strength of the wake generated by a UAV configured for aerial spraying. Image - Rod Brownlie

    Using sonic anemometers to measure the strength of the wake generated by a UAV configured for aerial spraying. Image - Rod Brownlie

Recreational user pathways in lakes and rivers: mapping the biosecurity risks Mrs Isabelle Vollenhoven-De Lange and Professor Phil Hulme, Lincoln University

Humans can transport invasive pests long distances as they move around the country. For example, pests such as didymo, or ‘rock snot’, are transported by recreational users of lakes and rivers on items such as boats, waders and jet-skis.

To raise public awareness of the potential spread of freshwater pests, the Biosecurity networks team developed an app for users to map their activity. The app is designed to capture data on lake-user movements, thus raising awareness of biosecurity issues and the spread of pests.

The app, as well as a paper version of the questionnaire, was rolled out in both the North and South Islands, with a presentation from Isabelle Vollenhoven- De Lange, the PhD student associated with the project, laying the groundwork for data collection over the busy 2016/17 summer season.

Capturing movement data of lake users and associating this with their attitudes and actions relating to biosecurity will provide an in-depth picture of the risks different users pose to the spread of freshwater pests.

Supporting organisations include: Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Taranaki Regional Council, DOC Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Gisborne District Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, DOC Taupō, Waikato Regional Council, Northland Regional Council, Horizons Regional Council, ECAN, Fish & Game Nelson/Marlborough, West  Coast Regional Council, Otago Regional Council, and Fish & Game Southland.

Unlocking Curious Minds: creepy crawlies meet primary production Dr Steve Pawson, Scion and the House of Science

The Bay of Plenty needs good pest management and biosecurity science for its horticulture, farming and forestry industries to thrive. These industries are also the main employers in the region. In a new Unlocking Curious Minds project, Scion and the House of Science have partnered to raise awareness of biosecurity and its underpinning science across the Bay of Plenty region. Together they aim to work with 20 schools throughout the region to promote biosecurity science and its importance to natural and primary production sectors (kiwifruit, avocado, forestry, farming).

Using practical learning resources that include field-based trapping, real-time mobile reporting tools, globally novel cyborg technologies and drone spray packs, the team aims to show students that biosecurity science is exciting and relevant to the protection and prosperity of their local environment and communities. They plan to use the mobile tools developed from the Citizen-based biosecurity surveillance project as part of the education programme.

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