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.
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.
To be part of the overall vision Pure Salt has initiated a project to remove rats from Indian Island/Mamaku in Dusky Sound in order to protect vulnerable native species on the Island as well as to reduce the risk of rats swimming to nearby rat-free Islands.
Our goal is reduce the rat population to undetectable levels to enable future translocations of native species and play our part in the overall restoration.
The work is being done using a grid network of GoodNature A24 self re-setting traps on an approximate 100 x 100 grid across the island. Over 17km of tracklines are cut and a network of 200 traps put in place and maintained.
Trackingtunnels, motion cameras as well as newly installed CHIRPS are used to monitor predator numbers and the installation of a buffer zone on Long Island is the next step to prevent reinvasion down the line.
Beyond that is the establishment of stoatlines on Long Island to further protect Resolution as well as Anchor Island. This work is already underway and a predator control network on Long Island as a whole on the horizon. One step at a time even the seemingly impossible becomes reality.
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.
I - Project start..
26th - 30th of October 2018
100% of the fares paid by clients went towards the project.
This trip was highly successful and we installed 40 Goodnature A24 traps and 6 rat monitoring lines, so that the team can gather data and track the progress of the project.
II - Christmas track cutting..
27th - 31st of December 2018
A group of 12 volunteers was working towards cutting the remaining tracks on Indian Island / Mamaku so we're ready to install the next batch of traps. A great effort completing the full marking and cutting of 2/3 of the tracks on the island with the remainder marked out ready to be cut.
III - four monthly check..
7th - 9th of February 2019
Volunteers set the tracking tunnels and rebaited the existing network of A24 traps whilst we continued to cut the remaining tracks, install a donated motion camera as well as 60 further traps!!! So 50% of the traps are on the ground within 5 month of the project start. Thank you!
IV - Conservation Adventure..
12th - 16th of June 2019
All proceeds will go towards purchasing traps for Indian Island / Mamaku and part of the adventure will be dedicated to the 2nd four monthly check of the existing network as well as the 6 monitoring lines, the cutting of the remaining tracks and of course the installation of more A24s.
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.
VI - four monthly check..
6th - 8th of February 2020
Volunteers will set the tracking tunnels and rebait the existing network of A24 traps.
V - Conservation Adventure..
23rd - 27th of October 2019
All proceeds will go towards purchasing traps for Indian Island / Mamaku and part of the adventure will be dedicated to the 3rd four monthly check of the existing network as well as the 6 monitoring lines.
VII -Conservation Adventure
7th - 11th of June 2020
All proceeds will go towards purchasing traps for Indian Island / Mamaku and part of the adventure will be dedicated to the 5th four monthly check of the existing network as well as the 6 monitoring lines, 12 cameras and the newly installed CHIRPS as well as of course the installation of further A24s.
6th - 10th of October 2020
All proceeds will go towards purchasing traps for Indian Island / Mamaku as well as Long Island and part of the adventure will be dedicated to the 6th four monthly check of the existing network as well as the 6 monitoring lines and 12 cameras as well as the cutting of the western most stoat tracks on Long Island and of course the installation of further A24s.
A ecosystem restoration involves the entire system.. above as well as below the water. We noticed rubbish on the seafloor in bays we anchor in and play around and have been picking up bits and pieces where we could. However we feel that that is no longer enough and decided to start an annual underwater cleanup as well as raise awareness around biosecurity and the need to think about sustainable fisheries even in such a seemingly abundant place as Fiordland.
The pilot adventure was run in November 2019 in conjunction with GhostFishing NZ and with the support of the Fiordland Marine Guardians as well as wonderful volunteers and local businesses. Now the annual clean ups are starting in June 2020.
16th - 20th of June 2020
Join us onboard Flightless to help us restore Tamatea and with that one of the 'last frontiers'. We have space for 4 volunteers at $1500pp to cover helicopter transfers, fuel and food for the five days onboard. Get in touch to find out how to make it happen.