Ben Faircloth is a senior advisor in the Pest Management Group at Biosecurity New Zealand (BNZ), and has managed a number of long-term eradication programmes, including four of the National Interest Pest Responses programme species.
Since early 2021, Ben has been the lead for the sea spurge programme. This programme makes sure that any known sea spurge sites are monitored and controlled, as well as developing a national approach to sea spurge surveillance, monitoring, and control in collaboration with DOC and Regional Councils.
Recently BNZ have developed a longer term sea spurge strategy which lays out the objectives for the sea spurge programme and how they can be achieved.
Sea spurge, Euphorbia paralias, is a serious threat to our coast - what are we doing and how do we prevent its spread.
Ben will be talking about the threat sea spurge, Euphorbia paralias, poses to our coasts, Biosecurity New Zealand’s strategy for dealing with this threat, and the actions we need to take to make sure sea spurge doesn’t become widely established in New Zealand.