Norfolk Island – Protecting an Ocean Jewel

November 2017

There are many special things about the Norfolk Island group – their cliff-ringed beauty and fascinating human history, teeming seabird colonies, and a plethora of species found nowhere else in the world.

But its unique wildlife has suffered greatly due to habitat destruction and the introduction by humans of exotic species from all over the world.

Biosecurity for Norfolk Island to date is extremely challenging and its success or failure will determine the fate of its exceptional wildlife.

However, with the Australian Government assuming responsibility for pre-border and border biosecurity there is now potential for Norfolk Island to be an exemplar in conservation-based island biosecurity.

Funding for this work was provided by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (Eldon & Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised Program 2016) and the Packard Foundation.

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2 Responses to “Norfolk Island – Protecting an Ocean Jewel”

  1. What method are you planning to use to control animal pests on Norfolk Island?

    • Hi Christina. The report refers to eradication of Argentine ants, and for this invasive species the suitability of baits is currently being tested through a project being led by the CSIRO.

      Regarding eradication of other species, whether this takes place the target species and the methods used is still to be decided.

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