New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands - 2008

part of the DOC mission is to teach the public about these birds and the projects involved in the effort to protect them. The educational aspect has no doubt been most responsible for the enormous public support that DOC has earned for its many conservation activities. For instance, a bill to place a levy on fishing operations would probably have been unpopular among a certain portion of New Zealanders and legislators would have been reluctant to pass such a piece of legislation. However, when a bigger percentage of the public voiced approval for the DOC recommendation, the lawmakers were emboldened to enact the law. In addition, New Zealand declared that the reach of its sea territory extends out 200 nautical miles from any coast. Such a huge ocean territory is difficult to patrol to be sure, but law-abiding nations usually honor one another’s declared maritime claims. So only the illegal fishing must be dealt with by DOC patrols. Chapter 11. Enderby Island The next port of call was an island among the Auckland Group: Enderby, comprised of 1730 acres, considerably smaller than Campbell. Enderby is also of volcanic origin but is much lower in height. Whereas Campbell has mountains and cliffs up to 1640 feet high, Enderby attains only 147 feet of altitude. Yet whatever Enderby lacked in cliff and mountain grandeur, it more than made up in panoramas because of the megaherbs. We had believed that those on Campbell could not have been topped, but they were! And, Enderby also hosted the mysterious rata forest and its magical denizens: the yellow- eyed penguins. Other endangered species inhabit this beautiful little island as well: two types of albatross (the Gibson’s and the white-capped), the Hooker’s sea lion, southern right whales, snipes, brown teal, and a small colony of eastern rockhopper penguins and one species of parakeet, the red crowned! Parakeets so near the Antarctic? How incongruous! Our visit just had to be a marvel and it truly was!

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