The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on an application to release privet lace bug as a biological control agent for the weed privet.
The applicant is the Waikato Regional Council, on behalf of the National Biocontrol Collective which represents 12 regional councils/unitary authorities and the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Privet is considered to be a significant weed, and is too abundant in many regions to be controlled by conventional methods. It is proposed the privet lace bug be introduced to feed on the leaves of the privet weed. The aim is to reduce the invasive weed’s growth and productivity.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm 4 March.