Following the unsuccessful bait-dropping exercise last year the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service intends to try again this year, starting in April, to eradicate the introduced European Rabbits, Black Rats and House Mice on Australia's sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.
The proposal has been determined to be a ‘controlled action' under Australia's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has advised that the project requires assessment based on preliminary documentation.
Click here to access the full suite of available documents, including those dealing with proposals to reduce non-target mortality of seabirds, especially of the ACAP-listed Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli, killed in numbers in 2010 (click here).
Interested persons and organisations are invited to comment in writing on the proposal to:
P.O. Box 126, Moonah, Tasmania 7009, Australia
The deadline for submissions is 10 January 2011.
For earlier ACAP news items on the Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Plan click here.
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 3 January 2010