Fiordland Marine Guardians Annual Report 2017-2018

4 October 2018

Our latest annual report is now available for download click here. 


Vessel inspections in Bluff and Stewart Island to 1 November 2018


1 September 2018


For the last few years Biosecurity New Zealand has contracted Young Fishing Limited to undertake hull inspections of known Fiordland-bound vessels based in Bluff and Stewart Island for the presence of marine pests e.g. the invasive seaweed Undaria pinnatifida.


As of 1 November routine (monthly) vessel hull inspections for marine pests undertaken by Young Fishing Ltd in Bluff and Stewart Island will commence again. However, if you are travelling to Fiordland before this time (or at any time of the year) you may request a one-off vessel inspection.


Please contact Young Fishing Ltd on 027 680 1258 or to arrange a time and date for an on-request inspection.


Te Panui Kaitiaki o Ata Whenua, the newsletter of the Fiordland Marine Guardians


Our June newsletter is out now click here.


Controlled Area Declared for Breaksea Sound


21 December 2017


A Controlled Area notice has been issued for an area of Breaksea Sound in Fiordland to prevent further spread of the Asian seaweed Undaria pinnatifida (Undaria). Environment Southland biosecurity manager Richard Bowman said the notice issued for Breaksea Sound will not prevent access to the area, but will put restrictions in place for mooring, equipment and anchoring. To find out more visit


Our quarterly FMG-Agency meetings are open to the public and agenda items can be brought to the Guardians for discussion at these meetings. The agenda is set three weeks in advance of a meeting.

The Fiordland Marine Guardians will be holding their next meeting on Monday 19 November 2018 in Invercargill at the Council Chambers, Environment Southland

Agenda items are due Monday 29 October 2018. 
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Beneath the Reflections is the go-to guide for visitors to the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area. An interesting and informative read, it will help you to get the most from your visit to Fiordland.