25 May 2023

Invasive clams found in Waikato River

From Midday Report, 12:43 pm on 25 May 2023

An invasive clam which reproduces rapidly has been discovered in the Waikato River, 

It's the first time the clam, called the Gold clam, has been found in New Zealand. 

It is a potential threat to native species, as in large populations the clams can consume a lot of plankton.

Stuart Anderson is MPI's Deputy Director General of Biosecurity, he speaks with Charlotte Cook.