Our biosecurity team rubs shoulders with the ‘who’s who’ of the aquatic plant world

The 15th International Symposium on Aquatic Plants was held in Queenstown, the week of February 18 - 23. It’s the first time the event was hosted outside of Europe, and Boffa Miskell was major sponsor through our Biosecurity Partnership with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). The Symposium was attended by our Christchurch-based biosecurity consultants as well as aquatic plant experts from every continent except Antarctica.

Boffa Miskell had a booth showcasing the work we do, and technology we use, to control invasive pest plants in the lakes and rivers of New Zealand. We ran a competition to win an underwater camera through filling out a New Zealand-based pest plants quiz. This popular activity generated lots of dialogue around how Boffa Miskell operates in the world of biosecurity.

Biosecurity project manager Marcus Girvan hosted a field trip to project sites on the lakes and rivers of Queenstown and Cromwell. His first presentation was on the Kawarau River on the back of the Thunder Jet (in the rain), outlining our approach to aquatic weed control at the outlet of Lake Wakatipu. The group then travelled by bus to Bendigo to examine the areas where we undertake lagarosiphon control at the northern end of Lake Dunstan.

For some of the international guests it was their first time seeing certain weeds, such as Lagarosiphon major, in the wild - even though they had done their PhDs on the plant.

The diversity of international speakers was impressive, as was hearing their different approaches to management of invasive aquatic plants from around the world. For the Boffa Miskell team it was an opportunity to showcase some of our most challenging projects, and the technology and techniques we use to manage aquatic pest plants, to a worldwide audience.

For further information please contact Marcus Girvan

28 February 2018