The Department of Conservation has made the decision to reschedule the baiting operation on the Antipodes Islands to the winter months of 2016. This extra time will allow the team to secure the appropriate resources required for the operation.
Antipodes Island Mouse Eradication project manager Stephen Horn said the delay was due to problems securing and scheduling the required helicopter and shipping services for 2015.“Expert pilots and specialised equipment are needed for this job which has its challenges, being in such a remote location with inclement weather and the lack of harbour and infrastructure. We need to take a cautious approach and plan thoroughly to successfully rid the island of mice,” Stephen said.
The team are committed to commencing eradication work on the islands in the winter months of 2016 once these issues have been resolved. During 2015 the team will continue to work on the project and will carry out important work on the Antipodes including monitoring work on the outer islands to assess whether mice are present or not and building the infrastructure required for the operation. This includes a temporary platform on the main Antipodes Island, which will have a large hanger erected on it for housing the helicopters during the time of the eradication work in 2016.