Update from Stephen Horn – Project Manager
27 July 2016
Direct from a freight run to Norfolk Island, the Norfolk Guardian docked in Auckland on the 25th July in preparation for its next voyage to the Antipodes Islands to retrieve the mouse eradication team. The NZ Navy have been supporting the project by accommodating the vessel at Devonport where we used divers to check the hull for any unwanted marine organism that may pose a biosecurity risk to the Subantarctic marine environment.
Auckland DOC ranger Carol Nanning and the famous rodent detection dog team of Pai and Piri also visited the ship to check for any sign of rodents or insects and to reset the biosecurity monitoring tools on-board.
The detection tools on-board will be checked again upon arrival at the Antipodes.
On-going biosecurity for visiting vessels and people is paramount to protect the biodiversity values of offshore islands and the work we have done here on the Antipodes. It is wonderful to have people like Carol and dogs like Pai and Piri involved.
The Norfolk Guardian left port last night at 6pm and are now on their way to Antipodes. We look forward to seeing the Norfolk Guardian and her crew here again soon.