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1080 Operations

1080 Operations

Updated 12 August 2020 3:00pm

There are no 1080 operations currently active. All future operations will be included here once operational detail is publically announced.

1080 as a method

The biggest threat to native wildlife in the Wellington Region is introduced predators such as rats, possums and stoats. We face a choice, let predators reach out of control numbers, or manage them to protect our native species, primary production sector and social wellbeing. Maintaining healthy ecosystems also helps to improve freshwater quality and stable water supply.

When managing predators we use the most efficient method suitable for the area where problems exist. This means we are using a variety of methods aimed to provide effective and efficient control, while minimising impacts on the environment and non-target organisms. We are also very active in supporting research and development of new methods.

The biodegradable pesticide sodium fluoroacetate (or 1080) is one of the many methods we use to manage the array of predators within the Wellington Region. 1080 has been proven over many years to reduce predator numbers safely, with no adverse impact on the environment or human health. We use aerial 1080 for controlling predators in areas which are rugged and/or hard to reach.

Predator control method selection

Our team of experienced Biosecurity Officers are in tune with the latest developments in predator management research.

We rely on the advice from our environmental scientists, who carry out ongoing monitoring to assess areas around the Wellington region which are home to threatened flora, fauna and marine life.

This monitoring helps us to design operations that control predators and improve native biodiversity in the safest and most cost effective way, and adhere to the national best industry practice and all relevant legislation.

What we know about 1080

  • It is highly soluble and does not accumulate or leave permanent residues in soil, water or animals
  • It is found in many plants around the world including New Zealand’s native puha
  • Bird nesting success rate dramatically improves after the use of 1080
  • Many native trees and plant species show significantly better growth and survival after an aerial 1080 operation
  • It does not kill or harm fish
  • Local health authorities apply strict conditions to aerial operations so that drinking water supplies are not contaminated and that the public is informed when and where operations are to be undertaken
  • Its safety has been confirmed through testing water samples following 1080 aerial operations. Several thousand samples have been tested over many years

More information on 1080

We encourage anyone interested in becoming more informed on the subject to explore for yourself. You may wish to view the 1080 website