The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is reminding boaties and anyone else who paints boats of new rules for using antifouling paints.
From 1 July 2015, anyone who uses antifouling paints has to make sure they work in a controlled work area.
This means they have to make sure none of the paint they spray can get out of the work area, and nobody else can get in while they are working.
They also have to put up signs to warn people about the work they are doing, and the measures they need to take to stay safe.
The new rules require anyone who removes antifouling paint from a boat to make sure that all the scrapings and other waste are collected and disposed of properly.
And a rule that came into force two years ago requires anyone who handles antifouling paint to use protective clothing or equipment to limit their exposure to the paint and its fumes.
For more information go to www.epa.govt.nz/news/epa-media-releases/Pages/Antifouling_paint.aspx or downlaod a copy of the brochure from our resources page.