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Seal shooting angers DOC staff

Monday, 22 September 2014, 12:22 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is condemning the shooting of a New Zealand fur seal/kekeno found on a beach on Stewart Island and is asking for public help to find who is responsible. More >>

Necropsy confirms Bryde’s whale killed by ship strike

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 12:01 pm | Department of Conservation

A Bryde’s whale found dead at Poutawa Beach, near Pakiri, was killed by a ship strike. More >>

Keep seals safe by controlling your dog

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 4:27 pm | Department of Conservation

Following a series of fatal dog attacks on protected New Zealand fur seals/kekeno on Coastal Otago beaches recently, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Dunedin City Council (DCC) remind dog owners to control their dogs around seals. More >>

New Central Otago bike tracks planned

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 10:50 am | Department of Conservation

Mountain Bikers of Alexandra have signed a management agreement with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to build and manage mountain bike tracks on public conservation land. DOC partnership ranger in Alexandra, Jacob Dexter, says, “There’s some ... More >>

Last known hind removed from Fiordland’s Secretary Island

Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 12:28 pm | Department of Conservation

Two of the last remaining deer on Secretary Island, in Fiordland’s Doubtful Sound, have been culled by the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Secretary Island hunting team. Since 2006 Secretary Island (8140 hectares) has been the focus of a deer eradication ... More >>

DOC involved in the Biological Heritage science challenge

Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:23 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is excited to be a part of the New Zealand Biological Heritage science challenge that was launched today (August 29). Science and Innovation Minister Stephen Joyce launched the programme of research, to be undertaken ... More >>

Battle for our Birds operation underway in Waikaia

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 9:28 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation’s Battle for our Birds pest control operation in the Waikaia Forest begins today. The Waikaia operation in northern Southland is one of 22 confirmed operations that will use aerially applied 1080 over about 600,000 ... More >>

Historic fire under Denniston Plateau

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 9:04 am | Department of Conservation

Reports of smoke rising from cracks in Denniston Plateau are due to an historic fire which poses little significant threat to the area, says Department of Conservation (DOC) Conservation Services Manager Bob Dickson. More >>

Whitebait season starts Friday

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 3:52 pm | Department of Conservation

People preparing for whitebaiting opening day this Friday, 15th August, should be aware of regulations which allow fishing but act as a conservation measure to protect whitebait. More >>

Ford repairs will keep Fiordland road open

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 2:19 pm | Department of Conservation

Repairs to a ford on the road to Doubtful Sound mean the road will no longer be closed during heavy rain. Flooding of the Mica Burn ford culvert on Wilmot Pass Road usually closes the road for three to four days a year and last year, heavy rain damaged the ... More >>

Whitebaiters reminded to follow the rules as season begins

Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 9:45 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is reminding the public to be aware of the whitebait regulations with the commencement of the 2014 season. More >>

Aerial pest control programme boost whio population

Monday, 28 July 2014, 3:17 pm | Department of Conservation

Aerial pest control and ‘nest egg’ programme boost whio population A study of whio/blue duck in eastern Kahurangi National Park has shown the benefits rearing ducklings in wildlife facilities and aerial 1080 pest control have in increasing ... More >>

Pest control may be last chance for Waikaia mōhua

Friday, 25 July 2014, 12:08 pm | Department of Conservation

The recent rediscovery of threatened mōhua/yellowhead in Waikaia Forest, northern Southland, means a pest control operation planned by the Department of Conservation (DOC) soon is essential. DOC Catlins services ranger Cheryl Pullar said consent by ... More >>

Fur seals resting on Wellington beaches

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 3:15 pm | Department of Conservation

Over the winter months, seals spend much of their time resting on beaches and rocky shores around Wellington and Kapiti. Fur seals often need rest, not rescuing. More >>

Marine protection process begins in Otago

Friday, 4 July 2014, 11:45 am | Department of Conservation

The planning forum for marine protected areas on the south east coast of the South Island has met for the first time. In a two day meeting at Otākou marae (30 June - 1 July), members of the South-East Marine Protection Planning Forum/Roopu Manaaki ... More >>

Training in Australia important part of DOC fire fighting

Monday, 30 June 2014, 2:42 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation rejects claims that fire fighting training for its staff in Australia is a “junket” and involves skills not applicable in New Zealand. More >>

Seal killed in dog attack on Brighton beach

Wednesday, 25 June 2014, 10:22 am | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is asking the public for information about a dog attack on a protected NZ fur seal/kekeno found dead on Brighton beach near Dunedin. A Brighton resident discovered the dead seal while walking on the beach ... More >>

Storm closes DOC huts, tracks and campsites on Great Barrier

Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 2:14 pm | Department of Conservation

Most Department of Conservation (DOC) walking tracks, campsites and huts are closed on Great Barrier Island until further notice as a result of the storm that struck the Auckland region last week. More >>

Otago’s native fish more threatened

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 9:38 am | Department of Conservation

Otago’s native freshwater fish are facing a crisis as numbers fall steadily largely due to pressure from introduced fish such as trout. Otago has 11 species of threatened native freshwater fish – the most in any area in New Zealand. A review of threatened ... More >>

Whale research in Cook Strait

Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 12:13 pm | Department of Conservation

An 11th annual Cook Strait Whale Survey will get underway on Saturday (14 June) that aims to determine how humpback whales are recovering since whaling ended and furthers efforts to protect the whales. Former whalers will again be part of the ... More >>



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