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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Operational Agreement (OA) 


The BMSB Operational Agreement was signed on 13 July 2017.   View the BMSB OA summary

The BMSB OA establishes the BMSB Council to oversight achievement of the outcomes sought, which are as follows;

  • Maintaining and enhancing on-going public, importer and tourist awareness campaigns
  • Successfully and rapidly detecting BMSB Post border, eradicating any population(s) before BMSB can establish, and reducing the spread and establishment potential of any populations detected
  • Continuing to develop and improve readiness and response plans, including targeted research and development activities that will measurably improve the ability to respond to a BMSB incursion
  • Planning to reduce the impact of a BMSB incursion on production, processing and sales
  • Developing transition plans and funding arrangements for long-term management of BMSB
  • Enhancing the integrity and effectiveness of New Zealand's wider biosecurity system, and enhancing the social license for BMSB activities

Signatories are; 

Apples and Pears New Zealand 

Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated

Vegetables New Zealand Incorporated

Tomatoes New Zealand Incorporated

Ministry for Primary Industries

New Zealand Avocado Growers Association

New Zealand Winegrowers Incorporated

Summerfruit NZ

Members of the BMSB Council (BMSBC):

  • Nicola Robertson, NZ Apples & Pears, representing the New Zealand Pipfruit industry
  • Ed Massey (Chair), New Zealand Winegrowers, representing the grape grower and wine production sectors
  • Juan Rosales, Summerfruit NZ representing Summerfruit sector consisting of apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach plum grower
  • Angela Brownie and others representing MPI
  • Helen Barnes, Horticulture NZ  Ltd, representing Tomatoes New Zealand
  • Matt Dolan, NZ Plant Producers Incorporated, representing a variety of nursey grown crops and species
  • Stu Hutchings, Kiwifruit Vine Health representing the kiwifruit and kiwiberries sectors
  • Leanne Stewart, Horticulture NZ, representing a variety of horticulture sector groups
  • Alison Stewart, Foundation for Arable Research, representing various arable crops
  • Steve Rich, and others representing the GIA Secretariat
  • Antony Heywood, Vegetables NZ, representing the commercial fresh vegetable growers sector
  • Brad Siebert, New Zealand Avocado Growers’ Association Inc. representing the fresh avocado grower sector. 


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