Pest-free islands in the Bay of Islands are starting to sing again. Pest control is keeping rats, stoats and mice at bay, the native bush is returning and the birds are coming back.
You can help by:
- Checking your boat for stowaways (pest animals and weed seeds) before you leave home.
- Setting bait or traps for animal pests on your boat and wherever your camping gear is stored.
- Reporting pest sightings (on the islands or in the water) to 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).
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The Department of Conservation has strict rules for behaviour around marine animals – for your safety and for the safety of the animals.
- Don't disturb, harass or make loud noises near them
- If they're becoming disturbed, cease contact
- Don't feed or throw any rubbish near them
- Be considerate – travel no faster than idle or ‘no wake' speed within 300 metres of them, don't keep changing speed and direction, and don't circle them, obstruct their path or cut through any group.
- There should be no more than three vessels and/or aircraft within 300 metres of them.
- Swimming with whales is not permitted. Keep at least 50 metres from whales (or 200 metres from any large whale mother and calf or calves).
- You may swim with seals and dolphins but not with dolphin pods with very young calves.
- If you notice a marine mammal being harassed, severely injured or entangled, contact DOC immediately on 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).