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.
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, making them difficult to control through other forms of ground control.
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
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