The Macquarie Island Pest Eradication Project is aimed at eradicating rabbits, rats and mice from Macquarie Island. Aerial baiting of the island was completed in July 2011. Hunters and trained dogs have begun the task of hunting down and eliminating every rabbit that survived the baiting operation.
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On 3 December, 1997 Macquarie Island was listed as a World Heritage Area - the second Tasmanian World Heritage Area. Macquarie Island is a site of outstanding geological and natural significance on a world scale.
The island is one of only a very few in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean where fauna in the region can breed. Around 3.5 million seabirds and 80,000 elephant seals arrive on Macquarie Island each year to breed and moult. Fur seals are beginning to re-establish populations on the island after nearly being exterminated in the early 19th century.
More information about Macquarie Island can be found on the Australian Antarctic Division's web site, at www.aad.gov.au/default.asp?casid=7151