AHB reads report as pest control positive
The Animal Health Board says the Environmental Risk Management Authority’s annual report on the aerial use of 1080 shows high standards are being applied to pest control operations.
A significant decrease in incidents and complaints was recorded for the year ended December 31, 2009, with 17 in 2009, compared to 30 in 2008.
Animal Health Board operational policy manager Nick Hancox said the drop in incidents reported by aerial operators and the public is encouraging as it highlights an investment in ‘‘getting it right’’ and working with communities.
‘‘The report acknowledges that there is still room for improvement but the progress is extremely positive,’’ he said.
‘‘ERMA has shown leadership in provid- ing transparency for aerial pest control and their annual report should further reassure people that users are managing risks appropriately,’’ he said.
Research projects detailed in the annual report reinforce the wide range of 1080 studies. These include alternative pest control and improvements in 1080 use.
‘‘That ERMA can report on more than 60 research projects with almost half of them initiated in the past year is testimony to New Zealand’s commitment to science,’’ Mr Hancox said.
‘‘Continued research is a focus of the AHB’s management of bovine tuberculosis. Research on new toxins, such as zinc phosphide and sodium nitrite, highlights the ongoing intense effort being made to enhance the pest control toolbox,’’ he said.