New 1080 baiting code of practice in Tasmania The Tasmanian Government recently released a range of tighter controls on the use of 1080 in a new Code of Practice.
Under the new Code of Practice, there will be further requirements for land managers to demonstrate the need to use 1080; applicants must have property based game management plans in place before a permit can be issued; a system of on-site inspections to document crop damage will be developed; and there will be further requirements to investigate alternative control methods (Jackson, Media Release December 2005).
While these tightened controls are a positive step, the Code of Practice still allows individual land managers to handle and distribute 1080 poison for all vertebrates and the impact on non-target wildlife, including threatened species will be measured with self-assessments by land managers (Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Media Release December 2005). The nominees are concerned the Code relies too heavily on self regulation and self assessment by landholders with vested interests in continuing their 1080 use and is unenforceable. Under this new Code of Practice 1080 baiting is still a threat to wildlife in Tasmania.
The federal Government’s 2004 election commitment to phase out 1080 use on private land in Tasmania by 2005 has not been complied with.
Conclusion: The nominator has presented evidence to indicate that a number of native species are impacted on by 1080 baiting campaigns. However, information on the potential impact of 1080 bating on a number of species identified in this nomination is limited because it has been poorly researched.
The nominator considered excising Western Australia from the nomination because native species in that state have an inherited tolerance, but the dingo does not share this tolerance and it is a species targeted in 1080 programs in Western Australia. Therefore, we recommend the TSSC consider the threat the poison poses in Western Australia solely in relation to the dingo.
The nominator has presented sufficient evidence that indicates that 1080 baiting would cause the tiger quoll, spot-tailed quoll, spotted-tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus – south east mainland population) to be listed in a higher category of endangerment and is a contributing factor in the endangerment of the dingo in the eastern states, such that it qualifies for listing as a key threatening process.
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