Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Otago Fish & Game look to fund wetland restoration

Otago Fish & Game look to fund wetland restoration

A recent spike in non-compliance over the holiday period has created more opportunities for Otago Fish & Game to fund new habitat projects.

Established in 2011 with the aim of encouraging landowners to create or improve existing wetlands, the Habitat Enhancement Fund is provided by reparation monies received from those caught hunting or fishing without a licence across the Otago region.

“We (Otago Fish & Game) believe this utilizes reparation funding in a transparent way with clear benefits to licence holders as well as the general community” stated Morgan Trotter; Otago Fish & Game field officer charged with managing the habitat enhancement programme.

Applicants may seek grants of up to $1500 towards planting, fencing and construction costs. Priority projects most likely to receive funding include the creation and protection of significant areas of open water, and shallow wetlands that provide waterfowl breeding habitat.

Successful applicants are asked to sign a Habitat Construction Agreement stating that works will be completed within 18 months and funds are paid directly to the landowner on completion of the project.

“Fish & Game are actively involved in protecting wetlands and waterways and the fund has proved popular with licence and private land holders alike.” added Morgan Trotter.

“These projects will not only help to provide game bird hunting opportunities across the Otago region but will potentially have wider environmental benefits associated with the creation and enhancement of wetlands.”

Please note: Saturday, February 2nd is World Wetland Day; this year’s theme is ‘Wetlands take care of water’.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news