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West Coast Penguin Trust

Year Started: 
2006
Contact Person: 
Inger Perkins, Manager
E-mail address: 
Group Members: 
450
Address: 
South Island's West Coast.
Po Box 63
Hokitika
Administration based out of Hokitika. PO Box 63, Hokitika 7842
New Zealand
Ecosystem: 
The West Coast Penguin Trust is a charitable trust formed in 2006 by local residents concerned at the decline in blue penguin populations. Its aim is to conserve the West Coast blue penguins, Fiordland crested penguins, Westland petrels and other threatened seabirds, and their habitat.
The Trust studies the threats to the survival of penguins and seabirds and implements practical solutions, including habitat restoration, information for all registered dog owners, roadside fencing and nesting projects.
A small restoration project has been undertaken just north of Hokitika.
Another project that relies on volunteer participation is the annual penguin census, which is carried out in early August, up and down the coast. Again, contact the Trust for more details.
The Trust's current focus is on the foraging ecology of blue penguins, predator threats to Fiordland crested penguins, conservation management priorities for Westland petrels and review and protection of seabirds at Cape Foulwind/Wall Island and Seal Island.

 

Sponsors: 
Holcim, DOC,
Affiliates: 
DOC, Te Papa, West Coast Regional Council, Lincoln and Otago Universities, Opus and NZTA, Buller, Grey and Westland District Councils

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