Stop the spread signs at Tokaanu boatramp
Image: DOC

Introduction

Find out about the freshwater pests that are found in and threaten our freshwater ecosystems.

Highlights

New Zealand’s freshwater ecosystems face many threats – pollution, deforestation, loss of habitat, changes in land use, sedimentation, nutrient enrichment, and the impact of invasive freshwater animals and plants.

Invasive freshwater pests reduce water quality, compete against and feed on native freshwater fish, invertebrates, and plants, contribute to erosion and increase nutrient levels in New Zealand’s waterways.

It can be hard to detect these species until they are already an established problem.

You can help – report a pest species

Help from the community really helps us in our fight for freshwater biodiversity. If you spot a freshwater pest, or have concerns you have seen one, here is what you can do:

Contact MPI 0800 80 99 66 or DOC 0800 DOC HOT (0800 36 24 68) with information such as:

  • a photo (or details of the pest’s appearance)
  • the area where the fish or plant was seen (name of lake or river, flow, depth, map coordinates)
  • approximate number or size of the population or patch (plant cover).

Prevent the spread – clean your gear

Cleaning your gear after you've been in and around waterways can help prevent the spread of freshwater pests. Use the 'Check, Clean, Dry' method to make sure you reduce the chances of spreading freshwater pests.

Check, Clean Dry measures on the MPI website.

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