In June/July 2002 the eradication of Pacific rats from Maninita Island in the Vava'u group of the Kingdom of Tonga was attempted using Brodifacoum pellets in bait stations. In December 2002, Maninita was revisited and rat trapping carried out to determine if rats were present. While no rats were caught and none were seen, further monitoring in June 2003 is recommended before the island is declared "rat free '.
Using the same techniques used on Maninita, the eradication of rats on neighbouring Taula and Lua Loli was attempted. Despite poor weather delaying rebaiting visits to the islands, the
operation thus far appears successful.
Permanent bait stations set up on Maninita to minimise the risk of rats re-invading the island were found to have been tampered with and evidence of booby chick harvesting was seen on
Taula. Regular visits to the islands to maintain bait stations and maintain a presence are recommended.
Call Number: [EL]
Physical Description: 7 p. ; 29 cm
Data and Resource
|Publisher||Department of Conservation (DOC)|
|Modified||15 February 2022|
|Release Date||19 August 2021|
|Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location||SPREP LIBRARY|
|Contact Name||SPREP Records and Archives Officer|
|Contact Email||[email protected]|