With such a large area the conservation task doesn’t just fall on the Department Of Conservation but is avidly supported by the community and businesses operating here. There are too many initiatives to mention all but just to give you an idea here are a few.
The Fiordland Conservation Trust is a community-driven initiative supporting conservation projects in Fiordland, Southland and NZ's Sub-Antarctic Islands. It was established in 2007 to provide independent funding and resources to further protect the natural treasures (taonga) of southern New Zealand.
But conservation also extends to the water ways, commercial access to which is managed by Environment Southland.
So in 1995 a group of concerned local Fiordland users and community representatives formed the Guardians of Fiordland’s Fisheries Inc, which later became the Guardians of Fiordland’s Fisheries and Marine environment Inc (the Guardians). The Guardians include commercial and recreational fishers, charter boat and tourism operators, environmentalists, marine scientists, community representatives and tangata whenua (Ngai Tahu).
The formation of the Guardians was in response to concerns about the escalating pressures on the Fiordland Marine Area and a desire that the local community be more involved in the management of Fiordland’s marine environment.