In 2011 three agencies came together to plan a multi island program. The first island to be treated was Palmyra, 1600 km south of Hawaii.
Two helicopters supplied by Pathfinder Aviation of Homer Alaska were loaded aboard the Alaskan crab, boat RV Aquila in Seattle.
The operation was planned by Island Conservation, managed by US Fish and Wildlife and supported by The Nature Conservancy.
Due to the density of land crabs, the bait application rate was very high with the first drop at 80kg/ha followed 75kg/ha 9 days later.
The irregular coastline and the number of small islands made this project very complex. The requirement that no bait enter the marine environment meant that application pilots were focused on this aspect rather than achieving good bait coverage.
Despite this, the project was successful.
Pilots Peter Garden and Graeme Gale.
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