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.
Overall the Tamatea/Dusky Sound restoration plan has been developed by DOC with the ambitious goals of eradicating pests, re-introducing missing species and filling biodiversity information gaps in the area. The project area includes Breaksea Sound, Acheron Passage, Wet Jacket Arm, and Dusky Sound itself, including over 700 islands, including New Zealand’s fifth largest island, Resolution Island.
Book onto one of our Conservation Adventures - your fare will go towards the project and you'll have the chance to be part of monitoring, maintenance, installation or relocations as part of the adventure.
Make a donation via the New Zealand National Parks Conservation Foundation to pay for traps and equipment. The foundation as well as ourselves will keep you in the picture about where the funds are going.
Purchase a single trap or one of the traplines directly through our store to push the project further. We'll let you know where and when it is set and how it is doing on the way to relocations.
Virtual Fieldtrip into Tamatea Dusky Sound
We are excited to work with LearNZ and Department of Conservation to bring the Tamatea Dusky Sound Restoration Project into New Zealand classrooms to inspire kids to look after what they call home.
Our vision is for Tamatea/Dusky Sound to be one of the most intact ecosystems on Earth, and New Zealand's largest ‘bio bank’ – a source of endangered native species that can be sent to pest free locations throughout the country.
It's a big vision and it will need the next generation to be just as passionate about it than we are..
We also ran a #CONSERVATIONHEROES2020 competition for two kids and their guardians to join us onboard for this special fieldtrip.
Expedition Fiordland - Putting the ECO into ecosystem
Term 3 | 14th - 19th of September 2020
We've committed to TamateaART to nurture a strong connection between art and conservation in Tamatea Dusky Sound.
This ongoing project allows artists join us onboard Flightless to connect with the place in order to create pieces of art helping to look after TAMATEA Dusky Sound. The resulting artwork can be purchased on the TamateaART site with proceeds going towards conservation work right where the work was conceived...
Have a look at TamateaART
An ecosystem restoration involves the entire system.. above as well as below the water.
We noticed rubbish on the seafloor in bays we anchor and play around and have been picking up bits and pieces where we could... we know about the ongoing battle to eradicate Undaria which is threatening Fiordlands marine ecosystem and know there are other biosecurity threats on their way... so we keep a clean vessel pass, avoid effected areas and clean client gear... we've noticed a decline in the fishery and are only catching for the table whilst advocating for full utilisation...
However we feel that that is no longer enough and decided to start an annual TamateaBLUE adventure.. focusing on underwater cleanups, as well as raise awareness and action around biosecurity and the need to think about sustainable fisheries even in such a seemingly abundant and wild place as Fiordland.
The pilot adventure was run in November 2019 in conjunction with GhostDiving NZ and with the support of the Fiordland Marine Guardians, LegaSEA as well as wonderful volunteers. We removed around 2t of rubbish from just one little bay in Tamatea Dusky Sound in only two days.
Now TamateaBLUE is an annual event to look after everything beneath the surface of Fiordland waters.
Make a difference and become a MAD - June/July every year.
Late July 2022.. Dates to be announced soon
Join us onboard Flightless to help us restore Tamatea and with that one of the 'last frontiers'. We have space for 4 volunteers at $2000pp to cover helicopter transfers, fuel and food for the four days onboard. Get in touch to find out how to make it happen.
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The New Zealand National Parks and Conservation Foundation's primary role facilitates opportunities for individuals and businesses to contribute towards conserving New Zealand’s natural heritage — its landscapes and the native plants and animals that live among them.
The Fiordland Marine Guardians have the vision that the quality of Fiordland's marine environment and fisheries, including the wider fishery experience, be maintained or improved for future generations to use and enjoy.
The Department of Conservation runs programmes to protect and restore our species, places and heritage, and provides opportunities for people to engage with these treasures.
Conservation efforts also extend to the water ways surrounding the Fiordland National Park, commercial access to which is managed by Environment Southland.
LegaSea is a not for profit organisation and was established by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council in 2012 to elevate public awareness of the issues that affect recreational fishers. The support funds advocacy, alignment, education and research.
Thanks to Sean, Maria & Toni, and the crew of Flightless Anna, Brad, Courteney, Ines, Chris & Chris, Ingrid, Pete and Bill, Lindsay Wilson, Rusty the ledged himself, Sam the Trapman, Ron Bull Jn for being who you are, FEZ.. thank you for being part of this and capturing our journey! You’re a star. Chris Van Ryn for sharing our story with Life&Leisure Magazine, Craig, Grant, Max and Roger Hornblow for being our first paying Tamatea clients and helping us prove that the concept can work.. Juliane, Allun, Richie and Sam, Sue and Dave, Auntie Sandy, Rebecca.. our chainsaw heros Geoff, Chris, Hamish, Peter, Sam, Mike and Don,... Jacky Renouf for donating the first of 12 motion cameras, James Wellwood, Jane Jeffries, Quentin Reeves and Nick Terpstra for donating a further 4 cameras and of course DOC staff for their enthusiasm and support of the project. Thank you to Tim Wilson, Josh Emett and Fleur Sullivan for giving your passion for the project, Peta Carey for wonderful story telling, Sara Tuck for sharing her experience in DISH magizine and Hayden Parsons for capturing the magic.. we can’t wait to see what else we can do! A massive thank you to a group of legendary kiwi boys who were so taken by the place and the project that they donated $30,000 towards the remaining traps on Indian Island as well as a further 7 motion cameras which means we could turn our attention to neighboring LONG ISLAND sooner than planned! Another big thank you to the SHICK group for spending part of their full charter clearing tracks on Long Island and helping push the project further. And of course, thank you Otago Polytechnic for donating and adopting 30 traps for Long Island! Big ups to Lane Plastics for donating more than 6km of track markers. Thanks to Sam Latham, Tony Preston, Darren Peters and Pete McMurtrie from DOC for supporting us all the way, Michael and Robbie from GoodNature and Gerard from Edge Effect for project support, work on the island and being on the end of the phone for just those 'quick questions'.. you're awesome.. Artists Tim Wilson, Jo Ogier, Gerda Lenard, Greer Clayton, Linda James and Tim Li for sharing your beautiful view of Tamatea.. for giving your art and yourselves to help us push further! Supporting Companies.. Te Anau Helicopter Services for supporting one helicopter changeover each year, Meister Solutions&Engineering, High Country Contracting and Sheetmetal Craft for sponsoring and building 50 DOC200s to go onto the western stoatline for Long Island, thank you ManaCommunications for your pro bono work helping us share the vision through NZ media, Nooks&Crannies for sharing our story, thank you to LEARNZ, Shelley and Pikihuia for spreading the vision to NZ classrooms and the Ministry of Education for partfunding the adventure, Aahliya and Yeshaya for joining us onboard and the rest of the kids for inspiring us as well as prompting GoodNature to sponsor a trap for each of your entries completing a full LEARNZ line on Long Island, Thanks to Pure Salt clients for not just funding part of the project by buying a trap, donating funds or coming on a Conservation Adventure but also helping with the work on the ground and of course good times along the way.