Introduced aquatic weed clogs many of New Zealand’s waterways. It affects aquatic life and prohibits access and use for recreational users. Lakeweed Harvesters remove the aquatic plants mechanically, using a harvester mounted on a three metre by seven metre pontoon vessel.
The operation works under strict standard operating procedures to ensure maximum weed is harvested and because it works over water stringent safety, health and environmental protocols are followed. Lakeweed Harvesters do not use chemicals and where necessary use biodegradable products.
Lakeweed Harvesters and Contractors have removed between 3.2 to 4.3 tonne of weed annually from Lake Rotoehu since 2008 resulting in a dramatic improvement in water quality.