Concerns over the release of grass carp to control weed in
North Otago irrigation canals have been raised by the Otago
Conservation Board, but as reporter Sarah Marquet finds out,
there is more to the story.
Otago's endangered wildlife and habitats are ''on their own''
because the Government's cuts and policies are undermining
the processes set up to protect them, former Otago
Conservation Board chairwoman Associate Prof Abby Smith says.
A lack of co-ordination and communication between the
multiple agencies with an interest in Hawkesbury Lagoon,
north of Dunedin, and its surrounds is frustrating the
community group trying to restore the habitat.
The Otago Conservation Board will take its concerns about
freedom camper pollution to a national tourism body but has
not ruled out continuing to advocate for a nationally
consistent response to the problem.