Bay of Islands summer fun checklist
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IntroductionDOC needs the public’s help to protect the special treasures of the Bay of Islands. Here are some tips to help all of us enjoy a cracker summer in the Bay.
Date: 20 December 2010
Rolien Elliot, Bay of Islands Area Manager, Department of Conservation, is looking for summertime heroes.
Views to Waewaetorea Island
“We are looking for people who make a difference this summer. The department needs the public’s help to protect the special treasures of the Bay of Islands. We are looking forward to hearing about people who are doing the right thing by the environment this summer. Here are some tips to help all of us enjoy a cracker summer in the Bay.”
- Rather than setting off old flares (which is not only illegal, but creates a real risk of starting potentially disastrous fires in dry summertime conditions), how about enjoying the free public fireworks display off Paihia Beach instead?
- Enjoy BBQs on boats rather than on the reserve beaches on the islands
- Report in any suspicious-looking predator tracks on island beaches to 0800 DOC HOT – 0800 362 468. You could be the first to recognise rat or stoat prints and help protect the pest-free islands of Project Island Song
- Help dolphins enjoy their summer by abiding by the marine mammal regulations – remember it is illegal to harass native wildlife
- Toilet and walk dogs on a lead on the mainland rather than on the island reserves where they are not permitted
- Buy rubbish barge stickers for the barge moored off Moturua Island
- Hail a DOC patrol boat and grab yourself a yellow boatie bag filled with goodies
- Stop, Check (your gear and vessel for pests before leaving the mainland, and then Go and have a great summer holiday, and an even better New Year!