Make it happen...


Hard work, passionate people and lots of smiles!

Home base for your volunteer adventure will be M.V Flightless.

She is a 27m ex Navy expedition vessel with international survey, extensive safety equipment due to offshore work, 3 crew, water maker, diesel stove, air-conditioning, three bathrooms, second saloon in the wheelhouse and a huge heatable back deck which is also partially under cover.

Everything asides from alcohol is included... catering, bedding and towels. Generally, you will be supplied with everything you need to undertake the volunteering activities, but sometimes we might ask if you have your own personal gear – GPS, First Aid Kit etc. You’ll also need sturdy footwear and wet weather gear.

Your financial contribution will also cover your transport in and out of Fiordland from Te Anau which is usually by helicopter and you'll be part of tangible conservation work, helping to restore Tamatea Dusky Sound.

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.

Our vision is for 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.

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 240 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. Find out more..  

Mamaku Indian Island project

Would like to play a different part?




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.



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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.

The vision

Tamatea Dusky Sound Restoration

Tamatea BLUE Project

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 Underia 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... just fill out the volunteer registration form above...

Underwater cleanup

Sustainable fishery


Contact us

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 five days onboard. Get in touch to find out how to make it happen.


Become a part of the picture

Make a difference - volunteer

Making that happen will take a whole community and a little thinking outside the box. So we've started up 'make a difference' adventures for volunteers to join us whilst paying their way to cover helicopter, fuel and food costs.


At this stage it is only available for the Tamatea BLUE adventures. For 'make a difference' volunteers for the Tamatea project on either Mamaku Indian Island or Long Island we're currently at capacity thanks to ex clients and existing networks. However you're welcome to be part of one of the Tamatea Adventures as paying client with the proceeds going towards the funding and expansion of the project.

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If you are reasonably mobile, have a good level of fitness and are not afraid of putting in a hard days work on the hill, helping sort rubbish on the backdeck or spend a day in the water.. you can do it.  No one works alone and newbies will be buddied up with 'already salted volunteers'. If you got any questions at all feel free to give us a call any time.

Can I do it?

What can I expect?

How does it work?

We will need you to fill in our volunteer registration form below to join our volunteer pool. From there you'll receive updates with upcoming opportunities. If any particular date is of interest please call or email us directly.

Once you're offered a spot that works for you a $500 non refundable deposit will secure it with the remainder due two months prior to departure.

Asides from a little paperwork the only other thing for you to do is to get yourself to Te Anau airport and will take care of everything from there.

What does Pure Salt expect?

We have so far only had paying clients volunteering one day out of their adventure through our Tamatea Adventures as well as returning clients and a wonderful network of beautiful people who have been in love with Fiordland for a while.. so for you to join our 'make a difference' volunteer pool as a paying volunteer you'll be joining a bunch of passionate individuals all giving for giving sakes.

There'll be long days, good food, great stories, plenty of learning and satisfaction along the way but also dishes to do and the vacuuming to be kept under control. Essentially it's like a batch on the water with everybody pitching in where needed. So all we expect is for you to join whole heartedly.. not just to experience the place but to give back with all you got.

Volunteer registration Form

Looking after Fiordland's underwater world

Join Ghost Fishing and ourselves in support of our underwater Conservation Adventure as we explore the remote fiord of Dusky Sound on board our 27m expedition vessel Flightless - all profit will go towards the underwater clean up as well as biosecurity work within Fiordland.

The Tamatea/Dusky Sound restoration plan has been developed by DOC with the ambitious goal of eradicating pests, re-introducing missing species and filling biodiversity information gaps in the area - above and below the surface.

The vision is for Dusky Sound to be one of the most intact ecosystems on Earth, and New Zealand's largest ‘bio bank’ - and this is your chance to be part of this big vision.

The underwater cleanup and biosecurity work is the sole focus whilst we're in Tamatea Dusky Sound.

Pure Blue Tamatea - July 2022

Or book a charter and contribute a little time whilst onboard...