Skip to content

E-Ko

E-Ko Bio-Security Plan  

 

E-ko Procedures for Predator FREE Island Bio Security.  

 

Picton Biosecurity Officer Contact Details. 

 

Aubrey Tai 
Ranger Supervisor, Biodiversity  -  Kaitiaki Tauawhi, Kanorau Koiora
Department of Conservation – Te Papa Atawhai 
DDI: +64 3 520 3002  

Mobile : 0272919143 

Picton Field Base 
PO Box 161, Picton 7250  

 

 

Our Bio-Security measures are set out in Sections 1-4 . 

 

  1. Section 1 – Guided Walks under 1 hour (Daily Tours)  
  1. Section 2 – Drop Off or Guided Over 1 hour not overnight 
  1. Section 3 – Overnight stay on the Islands 
  1. Section 4 – Researcher to Islands  

 

 

 

 

Customer Pre-Tour Information.  

 

  1. Section 1 .A PDF copy of Biosecurity Flyer to be sent every customer who books a Wildlife Experience that involves a period spent on a Predator FREE Island Sanctuary. Sent Section 1 information. 

 

  1. Section 2 .A copy of PDF Pest FREE Island Bio-Security Checklist ( Auckland ) .Customers Directed to E-Ko Pest Free Island Bio-Security Plan page on website by a Link. Sent Section 2 Information. 

 

  1. Section 3. A copy of PDF Pest FREE Island Overnight. Customers Directed to E-Ko Pest Free Island Bio-Security Plan page on website by a Link. Sent Section 2 Information. 

 

 

  1. Section 4 .Researchers to be sent a PDF of Pest FREE Animal Handler self-checklist to be completed and given to E-Ko or Department of Conservation before boarding.  

 

 

 

 

 

Actions Pre -Departure  

 

  1. Guests asked at Check in if they have cleaned and self-checked equipment for Bio-Security measures. Recorded at E-ko on DOC Database Records. 
  1. Customers Shown Printed Laminated Bio-Security Schedule and to follow instructions and use of Bio Security Cleaning Equipment supplied in shop before departure if they have not completed Self  
  1. Laminated Copy of Items to look for, Argentine ants, plague skinks, weeds and seeds. Picture Form.  
  1. Customers given Biosecurity advice in Pre tour Trip Briefing. 
  1. Bio-Security equipment available onboard  

 

Bio-Security Cleaning Equipment Items in Kit. 

 

  1. A scrubbing/nail  brush and  
  1. SteriGene spray bottle (1:50) for boots would be a good start.  
  1. Possibly tweezers for picking out seeds,  
  1. small hard bristle brush for Velcro and  
  1. disposable cloths to wipe off dirt. 

 

 

 

Bio -Security Cleaning Kit Locations. 

 

  1. E-Ko Shop  
  1. MV Delphinus in Front Left Cabin.  
  1. MV Miss Te Rawa under Aft Left Seat.  

 

Mice and Rodent Control. 

 

Traps are located on both Boats which are Checked Daily and marked on Guides Daily Checklist.  

Traps reviewed by Department of Conservation during annual inspection.  

 

 

Items being Carried                  Section 1 (Motuara Island )  

 

Done 
 

Do not Carry Bags  

 

We ask all customers to leave all bags onboard as far as practical to minimize Biosecurity Risk. 

 

 
No Food on Island                                                                                                                     Do not take any food, just Liquid to drink. 

 

 
 

Clothing and Footwear 

                                                                                      Clean your shoes/boots of dirt and seeds. Check the soles, laces and tongues of shoes for any seeds. Scrub footwear worn in the bush on the mainland in soapy water. 

 

Check your woolly socks, woollen clothing and Velcro closures for seeds. 

 

 

 
Items being Carried                     Section 2 (Blumine Island )  

 

Done 
Packs   Shake out your pack/bag and check the inside, including the pockets. Make sure there are no holes. Ensure packed bags are zipped and done up tightly.   
Footwear  Clean your shoes/boots of dirt and seeds. Check the soles, laces and tongues of shoes for any seeds. Scrub footwear worn in the bush on the mainland in soapy water.   
              Clothing   Check your woolly socks, woollen clothing and elcro closures for seeds.   
General Gear and Clothing  Once youve checked your gear, put it in a pack/bag with a zip and do up tightly.   
   

 

 

 
Items being Carried   Section 3  (Blumine or Motuara) 

 

Done  
Packs   Shake out your pack/bag and check the inside, including the pockets. Make sure there are no holes. Ensure packed bags are zipped and done up tightly.   
Footwear  Clean your shoes/boots of dirt and seeds. Check the soles, laces and tongues of shoes for any seeds. Scrub footwear worn in the bush on the mainland in soapy water.   
              Clothing   Check your woolly socks, woollen clothing and velcro closures for seeds.   
General Gear and Clothing  Once youve checked your gear, put it in a pack/bag with a zip and do up tightly.   
Food   Pack any food into sealed containers   
                                       Bedding   Check any bedding, including shaking out your sleeping bag and packing it inside another closed bag – not inside the stuff sack.   
 

Tents  

Shake out and check camping gear thoroughly. Pack into bags with zips and do up tight. Camping only allowed on islands with official campsites.   
Boats and Kayak   Check your boat/kayak. It’s a good idea to keep a couple of baited traps on board at all times.   
     
Items to be carried   Section 4 ( Researcher)   Done 
   

Researcher Checklist to be completed Prior to arrival to E-Ko Tours and Given to Local DOC , Picton office , Copy to be supplied to E-ko  

 

 

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT

It’s just as important to remember the things that have NOT changed, nor will ever change.  Like our super friendly guides who can’t wait to get out on the water with guests once again.

And our incredible Marlborough Sounds, observe the multiple species of wildlife on both the land and the Sea with No Seasickness Guaranteed. Our Tours are the perfect way for people to reconnect with nature, in a way that is fun and interactive. E-ko supplies this connection to nature to help balance and invigorate our lives after this difficult time.

Having FUN and being an active part of Conservation by taking an E-Ko Tour means you also automatically Give Back to Nature. A portion of every Tours proceeds goes into the E-Ko Conservation Fund.

Details Here ; Conservation Fund