Protection of our migratory birds, our wading birds and our penguins from harassment and death by both vehicles and dogs.
Protection of special habitats currently under threat - habitats these birds rely on to feed, to breed and to rest.
These goals can be achieved by:
- A review of the Dog Control Bylaw 2014.
- A bylaw that will introduce some controls of vehicles on beaches.
- A review of the decision to allow freedom camping at the Taupata Stream Quarry.
Our concerns include - harassment and death of wildlife, damage to sensitive environments, noise pollution, public safety and the rights members of the public have to use the coastal marine area for passive recreation.
Tasman District Council has legal obligations under the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010 to protect indigenous biological diversity in the coastal environment. It must avoid the adverse effects of activities on our migratory birds, our waders and our penguins. These birds are currently listed as at risk and declining in the New Zealand Threat Classification System. One species the banded dotterel is listed as nationally vulnerable.
The Golden Bay branch is committed to working alongside Tasman District Council to achieve better outcomes for our shorebirds. In principle the Department of Conservation supports our initiatives to provide better protection for shorebirds.