Bad news from Macquarie

Subject: Bad news from Macquarie
From: Nathan Waugh <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:08:36 +0800
Regarding the 'ducks' mentioned in the report.

After reading this, it seems
they predicted bycatch deaths (to what extent I don't know).

But the deaths seem like they are most likely, Northern Gian Petrels, Kelp
Gulls and Skuas.

On 18 October 2011 14:03, storm <> wrote:

> It's possible that the number of animals killed from the impact of the
> feral animals would have been much more significant than the 2,000.
> the article linked to has been updated with addtional information
>        Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings said the pest eradication effort was
> worthwhile.
>        "Nobody wants to see wildlife hurt or damaged by programs," she told
> reporters in Hobart.
>        "However, what is Eric Abetz’s alternative? Those same birds were
> being threatened by destruction of the natural habitat on Macquarie
> Island because of rabbits grazing."
>        Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke said in a statement that the
> bird deaths were inevitable.
>        "When you do baiting, the fact is you will lose some of the birds
> you
> are wanting to protect," he said.
>        "But if you don't do baiting, feral animals like rabbits and rodents
> will keep wiping everything out."
>        On the plus side, rabbit numbers are believed to have dropped from a
> whopping 150,000 to less than 30 since the program was implemented.
>        Mr Burke said the impact on fauna were continually monitored, adding
> he had moved to tighten the program's regulations in November.
>        He said up to 24 bird species ultimately stood to benefit from the
> eradication program.
> Read more:
> [1]

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