The Corner Inlet and Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park is a RAMSAR listed site with the highest diversity of migratory and endemic shorebird species in Victoria. One of the primary management requirements of RAMSAR sites is that all reasonable efforts are undertaken to ensure that biodiversity values remain within prescribed levels. As such, the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has the obligation to ensure shorebird populations remain within prescribed levels.
To achieve this obligation, Ecology and Heritage Partners were commissioned by the West Gippsland CMA to develop and design an adaptive predator control management plan for the barrier islands of the Corner Inlet and Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Parks. This involved the delivery of an adaptive management plan that considers annual budget variation while seeking to achieve optimal pest management outcomes for the Corner Inlet RAMSAR site.
The desktop management plan was developed by combining stakeholder input, evidence from past-practice events, and previous island-based predator control programs. The program will be implemented by Parks Victoria staff on behalf of the West Gippsland CMA.