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Lynmore Primary School
18th September 2009,
RE: Didymo is a pest
Dear Minister of Conservation Hon Tim Groser,
Didymo is a dangerous pest species that can form massive blooms in freshwater. I need your help to help me control it.
First, Didymo is a microscopic pest that can be spread by a single drop of water. The animals that live in our rivers and lakes could get poisoned by Didymo and tragically may die if their habitat gets infected by Didymo. Didymo is most easily spread by contaminated gear used by river users such as fishermen and kayakers when they move from one river to another. It is very easy for Didymo to be spread in our environment and if Didymo keeps on spreading it might go into the sea and poison our sea creatures as well.
Second, if Didymo is on rocks and an animal licks the Didymo on that rock it could get really poisoned and die. Didymo blooms make fishing very difficult. Taupo and Rotorua are famous for fishing, so if fishing is difficult fishermen won’t come to those areas.
Finally, Didymo makes our rivers look disgusting hence its other name rock snot.
In conclusion, I think Didymo should be gone forever, so that it doesn’t destroy our waterways. Please help us to get rid of it forever.
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