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.
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.
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.
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...
27th - 30th of June 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 days - all but alcohol included - 12 friends yet to meet - one boat and one helicopter transfer - just book YOUR spot
$ 2000 pp