THE New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has directed a fourth vehicle carrier to leave New Zealand waters yesterday (27 February) after brown marmorated stink bugs were discovered aboard the vessel.
The vessel Glovis Caravel (IMO 9441594) was ordered to leave New Zealand after the crew reported finding 600 stink bugs, 12 of them alive, while the vessel was anchored near Auckland.
MPI border clearance services director Steve Gilbert said even though the vessel was sealed, the risk was assessed to be too high for it to remain in New Zealand waters and it must be treated offshore before it can return.
MPI has increased its border inspection and verification of such vessels arriving from Japan following a recent jump in detections of stink bugs.
Mr Gilbert said some of the carriers arriving New Zealand require no further action, but where there is contamination entry may be denied.
“We firmly believe our actions to date have prevented stink bugs from getting past the New Zealand border and welcome the support we have been getting from a range of industries,” he said.
“Everyone appreciates a brown marmorated stink bug incursion could have a devastating impact on New Zealand agriculture.”
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has been contacted for comment.