Science at the Trust
In February 2016, the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust was externally resourced to employ its own Conservation Science Advisor, a new role that will help us advance the aims of the organisation.
Based both at the Trust and Otago Museum, the Conservation Science Advisor will identify, stimulate, broker and analyse research that investigates the marine environment, and factors affecting the productivity and sustainability of hoiho. This role focuses on using research to inform the decisions of the Trust to deliver optimal species management.
It was timely that funding allowed for the appointment of this position given the serious concerns for hoiho and the low breeding numbers over the past few seasons.
The Trust is delighted to announce that funding was secured from Otago Regional Council (70%) and the balance from Otago Museum, for a three-year term.
Threat management and recovery plan for yellow-eyed penguin / hoiho
The Hoiho Threat Management and Recovery Plan is mandated under the Conservation and Fisheries Acts and includes representatives from Ngāi Tahu, Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, DOC and Fisheries New Zealand as partners in the provision of guidance and advice.
This approach provides a reasonable range of perspectives across non-governmental organisations, iwi and agencies to ensure the best outcomes for hoiho recovery. However, the group recognises the many other parties working in hoiho recovery and will ensure their input in the interim and longer-term plans.
See here for more information about this process.