Australia’s sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island supports seven species of ACAP-listed albatrosses and petrels. It also supports large populations of European Rabbits and two species of rodents, which are placing the island’s plant and animal life at considerable risk.
The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project aims to clear the islands of these unwanted mammals, commencing with a poison-bait drop in 2010.
Macquarie Dispatch is the newly-produced newsletter of the project, of which Issue 1 of November 2008 is now available. It is intended to produce three issues a year until the project is completed.
To find out more on Macquarie and its pest eradication project consult the following:
Frost, Leslie 2006. Macquarie Island Nature Reserve and World Heritage Area Management Plan 2006. Hobart: Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment. 176 pp. + 15 maps. ISBN 0 72 4660405 X.http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=6182 and http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=6609 .
[Parks and Wildlife Service & Biodiversity Conservation Branch] 2007. Plan for the Eradication of Rabbits and Rodents on Subantarctic Macquarie Island. [Hobart]: Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment & Biodiversity Conservation Branch, Department of Primary Industries and Water. 30 pp. http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=6186.
Posted by John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 9 December 2008