In the “Secretary Island Restoration Project”
Stoats have been successfully removed from three islands along the Fiordland Coast since 1998: Chalky Island/Te Kakahu (511 hectares), Anchor Island (1280 hectares) and Bauza Island (480 hectares). Stoat control is also in place on 29 smaller islands along the coast.
The department is proposing to remove stoats from Secretary Island using an intensive network of around 1800 traps. Additional traps will be placed along the adjacent mainland and several small islands around Secretary Island to minimise the risk of reinvasion.
Ongoing surveillance of the traps will take place twice a year and trained predator dogs will also be used to monitor for the presence of any stoats that may re-invade the island.