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The Department of Conservation has welcomed the release by the Environmental Protection Authority of the latest annual report on the aerial use of the biodegradable toxin 1080.

The Department of Conservation has welcomed the release by the Environmental Protection Authority of the latest annual report on the aerial use of the biodegradable toxin 1080.

The report confirms that last year the department aerially treated about 161 000 of the 8.5 million hectares of public conservation land with 1080 to protect threatened native birds and forests from imported pests like possums, rats and stoats.

DOC says careful application of biodegradable 1080 by air remains the most effective option for large scale pest control operations in difficult terrain and the EPA report shows the strict controls regulating use of the pest control toxin are working well.

The report states that 1080 is “one of the most closely-monitored hazardous substances in New Zealand’. The report also notes progress is being made through the development of industry standards, communication and research.

Deputy Director General of Research and Development, Kevin O’Connor, says the recently released review by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, underlines the important role 1080 plays in pest control and DOC is committed to the careful use of this important tool.

 

 

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