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Shearwaters: Taiaroa Head

Mainland Sooty Shearwater
Colony Protection

Overview photo of area of fencing of Shearwater colony. Otago Peninsula.

Overview photo of area of fencing of Shearwater colony. Otago Peninsula.

This project will protect one of the last remaining mainland nesting sites for Sooty Shearwaters in New Zealand. The Trustees have selected this project to compensate for oil spill injuries from the Jacob Luckenbach vessel incurred during the birds impressive migration to California waters. Oil leaking from the shipwrecked vessel has been killing Sooty Shearwaters and other seabirds in California since 1972. Durin 1990 and 2003, an estimated 51,569 birds were killed from this oil source. Fencing will reduce the pressure from introduced mammalian predators on the shearwater colony and reduce the take of eggs, chicks, and adults. The reduction in grazing will increase native vegetation, and reduce soil erosion and damage to shearwater nesting burrows in the fragile sandy soil. Adjacent to the property is the world-renown mainland Northern Royal Albatross colony and nearby are nesting beaches of Yellow-eyed and Little Blue
Penguins.

Contact

  • Hannah Nevins , Oikonos

Project Partners

  • Perry Reid & Family, Natures Wonders Naturally, Otago Peninnsula NZ
  • Lyndon Perriman, Department of Conservation
  • Henrik Moller, Jamie Newman, Corey Bragg, University of Otago

Funders