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Threat Abatement Plan for Competition and Land Degradation by Feral Rabbits

Biodiversity Group Environment Australia, 1999
0 642 2546355

Tables

Table 4.1 Implementation of objectives and actions set out in terms of the requirements in subsection 34 (2) of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992.

Objective 1 determine the maximum acceptable level of competition and land degradation by feral rabbits to ensure the conservation of nationally endangered and vulnerable species and endangered communities.

RESEARCH - BIOLOGICAL CONTROL

Aims

Performance Criteria

Action

Duration

Cost*

Performance Evaluators

Non-target Matters

Continue to evaluate the role of RCD, the myxoma virus and immunocontraception for rabbit control

 

 

Identification of epidemiological interactions between RCD and myxomatosis

Improved understanding of the epidemiology of RCD as an enzootic zoonosis, including the role of arthropods as vectors of RCD

Understanding of the effect of RCD on introduced myxoma vectors (European and Spanish rabbit fleas)

Demonstration that immunocontraception is achievable

Better understanding of the development of resistance to biocontrol agents

Development of baiting protocol to deliver RCD to rabbit populations (if needed)

Quantify the effects of follow-up control to RCD and myxomatosis outbreaks on rabbit populations.

Support appropriate research. 1 year $375,000 ESAC, threat abatement plan team. Biological agents needed to be host specific

Reduced rabbit numbers may lead to increased predation on threatened fauna, although this may be temporary

* Indicative costings only. Funding will be subject to priorities developed in consultation with States/Territories.

Table 4.2 Implementation of objectives and actions set out in terms of the requirements in subsection 34 (2) of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992.

Objective 1 determine the maximum acceptable level of competition and land degradation by feral rabbits to ensure the conservation of nationally endangered and vulnerable species and endangered communities.

RESEARCH - IMPACTS - Projects aimed at clarifying the relationship between rabbit density and impact.

Aims

Performance Criteria

Action

Duration

Cost*

Performance Evaluators

Non-target Matters

Determine the relationship between rabbit density and levels of impact on threatened species and ecological communities Quantification of the relationship between rabbit density and impact over a range of habitat types. Support appropriate research. Life of the Natural Heritage Trust. $190,000 per habitat per year to a total of $380,000 per year.

Commonwealth to contribute 50%.

ESAC, threat abatement plan team. May assist in the recovery of threatened species and ecological communities.

Table 4.3 Implementation of objectives and actions set out in terms of the requirements in subsection 34 (2) of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992.

Objective 1 determine the maximum acceptable level of competition and land degradation by feral rabbits to ensure the conservation of nationally endangered and vulnerable species and endangered communities.

RESEARCH - SURFACE DWELLING RABBITS - projects investigating surface dwelling rabbits.

Aims

Performance Criteria

Action

Duration

Cost*

Performance Evaluators

Non-target Matters

Determine how much area surface dwelling rabbits occupy in conservation reserves.

Determine the impact of surface dwelling rabbits in conservation areas.

An approximation of the total area occupied by surface dwelling rabbits in conservation areas.

An estimation of the impact of surface dwelling rabbits in conservation areas.

Support appropriate research. Life of the Natural Heritage Trust $30,000 in total. Commonwealth to contribute 50%. ESAC, threat abatement plan team. None

* Indicative costings only. Funding will be subject to priorities developed in consultation with States/Territories.

 

Table 4.4 Implementation of objectives and actions set out in terms of the requirements in subsection 34 (2) of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992.

Objective 2 encourage the development and use of innovative and humane control methods for feral rabbit management that will reduce competition and land degradation below these maximum acceptable levels

RESEARCH - TOXINS - Projects examining alternative toxins to be used for rabbit control.

Aims

Performance Criteria

Action

Duration

Cost*

Performance Evaluators

Non-target Matters

Examine potential replacements for compound 1080

 

Improve bait delivery of poisons to reduce non-target impacts.

Develop a humane fumigant.

Identification and evaluation of toxins to replace compound 1080

Development of safer bait delivery system

Identification of a humane fumigant.

Support appropriate research. Life of the Natural Heritage Trust. $100,000 per annum for bait delivery development.

$100,000 per annum for alternative toxin development.

$20,000 in total for humane fumigant.

(Commonwealth to contribute 50%)

ESAC, threat abatement plan team. Non-target species may be susceptible to control programs which utilise toxins.

* Indicative costings only. Funding will be subject to priorities developed in consultation with States/Territories.

Table 4.5 Implementation of objectives and actions set out in terms of the requirements in subsection 34 (2) of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992.

Objective 3 develop best practices for the national management of the environmental impacts of feral rabbits.

MANAGEMENT - RABBIT MANAGEMENT PLANS - Development of feral rabbit management plans under the TAP.

Aims

Performance Criteria

Action

Duration

Cost*

Performance Evaluators

Non-target Matters

To produce a priority list of regions where feral rabbit management would assist in the recovery process of threatened species and ecological communities. Development of GIS coverage which identifies and ranks conservation values and rabbit impact

Production of a list of priority areas for rabbit management using the GIS information and the other criteria

Development and implementation of rabbit management plans in areas of high priority.

In cooperation with the States and Territories develop a national GIS, with coverage of threatened species and ecological communities, land tenure, and relative rabbit densities.

Using the criteria listed in section 4.3 of this plan prioritis e the areas identified using the GIS information for rabbit management. Commence the preparation and implementation of rabbit management plans in those regions identified as requiring urgent rabbit management.

Life of the Natural Heritage Trust $40,000 for producing priority list, Commonwealth to pay full cost.

$40,000 per management plan for high priority areas, Commonwealth to contribute 50%.

ESAC, threat abatement plan team. None.

* Indicative costings only. Funding will be subject to priorities developed in consultation with States/Territories

Table 4.6 Implementation of objectives and actions set out in terms of the requirements in subsection 34 (2) of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992.

Objective 3 develop best practices for the national management of the environmental impacts of feral rabbits

MANAGEMENT-RABBIT FREE AREAS - maintenance and creation of rabbit-free areas.

Aims

Performance Criteria

Action

Duration

Cost*

Performance Evaluators

Non-target Matters

Restrict further range expansion by the rabbit and examine the feasibility of creating rabbit-free areas. Development and adoption of guidelines that will prevent range expansion by the rabbit

Production of a feasibility studies examining the creation and maintenance of rabbit-free areas where needed to protect conservation values.

Identify areas where rabbits may expand their range and develop a strategy to prevent this

Identify areas where the maintenance of threatened species and ecological communities depends on the exclusion of rabbits

Examine whether or not it is technically and economically feasible to remove and continue to exclude rabbits from these areas.

Life of the Natural Heritage Trust $50,000. Commonwealth will contribute 50%)

 

ESAC, threat abatement plan team. Depends on techniques used to create rabbit free areas.

* Indicative costings only. Funding will be subject to priorities developed in consultation with States/Territories.

Table 4.7 Implementation of objectives and actions set out in terms of the requirements in subsection 34 (2) of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992.

Objective 3 develop best practices for the national management of the environmental impacts of feral rabbits

CORPORATE MATTERS - LEGAL - Ensuring the TAP complies with relevant legislation.

Aims

Performance Criteria

Action

Duration

Cost*

Performance Evaluators

Non-target Matters

Ensure the TAP complies with all relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation prior to implementation. Preparation of a report that outlines the legal implications of actions recommended in the TAP. Seek legal advice regarding TAP recommendations and consistency with existing legislation. Prior to the implementation of the TAP $15,000. Commonwealth to contribute 100%. ESAC, threat abatement plan team. None.

Table 4.8 Implementation of objectives and actions set out in terms of the requirements in subsection 34 (2) of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992.

Objective 4 promote/foster a socio-political climate and political attitude conducive to developing and implementing operations to minimise the deleterious effects of feral rabbits

CORPORATE MATTERS - EXTENSION ACTIVITIES - Extension activities occurring under the TAP.

Aims

Performance Criteria

Action

Duration

Cost*

Performance Evaluators

Non-target Matters

Promote stakeholder understanding of, and involvement in the rabbit TAP. All stakeholders are kept informed of findings of , and progress in the rabbit TAP

All stakeholders are given the opportunity to contribute comments to the TAP.

Develop and implement a communications strategy Life of the Natural Heritage Trust. $10,000 for the initial preparation of the strategy. $5000 per year following preparation.

Commonwealth to contribute 100%.

ESAC, threat abatement plan team. None.

* Indicative costings only. Funding will be subject to priorities developed in consultation with States/Territories

Table 4.9 Implementation of objectives and actions set out in terms of the requirements in subsection 34 (2) of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992.

Objective 4promote/foster a socio-political climate and political attitude conducive to developing and implementing operations to minimise the deleterious effects of feral rabbits

CORPORATE MATTERS - PROGRAM COORDINATION - Coordination of activities occurring under the TAP.

Aims

Performance Criteria

Action

Duration

Cost*

Performance Evaluators

Non-target Matters

Effective administration of TAP objectives and allocated resources. TAP team is provided with capable secretarial support.

Efficient administration of contracts.

Provide reports and advice to the TAP team

Coordinate meetings and field inspections for the TAP team

Liaise with officers of the States and Territories and other consultants

Inspect projects.

Life of the Natural Heritage Trust. $40,000 per year (position to be shared with feral goat TAP).

Commonwealth to contribute 100%.

ESAC, threat abatement plan team. None.

* Indicative costings only. Funding will be subject to priorities developed in consultation with States/Territories

Table 4.10 Feral Pests Program expenditure on rabbit research from 1992/93 to 1997/98.

Research Category

1992/93

1993/94

1994/95

1995/96

1996/97

1997/98

Biological Controls

0

$174,225

$300,475

$222,000

$200,000

$200,000

Impacts

0

0

$120,000

$242,100

$375,000

o

Toxins

0

0

0

0

0

0

Critical Fauna

$7,000

$19,000

0

$157,400

$14,450