Biosecurity services strengthen at Boffa Miskell

Boffa Miskell is building on its 15-year experience in biosecurity, by establishing a specialist team to help protect and enhance environments through innovative and effective biosecurity solutions.

The team of seven, located in our Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton offices, will focus on research and development, innovative biosecurity surveillance technologies and invasive species management and eradication. The team’s expertise is wide-ranging, including pest animal control, use of pest control toxins, aquatic and terrestrial weed management, and the practical application of innovations and technology in biosecurity.

Boffa Miskell ecologists have been working in the field of biosecurity for over 15 years, providing services to private clients, local and regional councils, the Ministry of Primary Industries and Land Information NZ. Their experience includes developing biosecurity surveillance strategies and pest and weed control plans, as well as large-scale conservation projects, such as the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre and Ngatapa Forest Restoration project, where biosecurity measures have been designed to safeguard threatened native species.

Since 2009, we have been managing biosecurity operations on LINZ’s unalienated Crown land (riverbed and lakebeds) across the country and in 2014, formed a strategic partnership with LINZ, with the aim of focussing on innovative solutions to achieve the biosecurity programme goals.

Our biosecurity team is also leading research and development work to develop innovations in biosecurity for the private sector, such as automated pest surveillance and detection technology and the use of drones for marine pest surveillance.

Biosecurity is a major concern for New Zealand’s economy and natural environment. Invasive species create a significant risk to primary production, regional and national economies and are a major factor threatening New Zealand’s native biodiversity. Concern about these risks is reflected in the government’s investment in biosecurity through the recently announced ‘Biosecurity 2025’ direction statement and the ambitious ‘Predator Free 2050’ goal. The government has also announced funding of $1.89M over the next 2 years to keep Southland’s Mid Dome wilding tree eradication programme, which is managed by our Christchurch team, on track.

Our biosecurity team is aiming to contribute its specialist skills as much as possible to these initiatives, with a focus particularly on solving many of New Zealand’s current biosecurity problems with new technologies and innovations.

For further information please contact Dr Helen Blackie or Marcus Girvan

31 August 2017