Funds approved for cleanup work

19:18, Sep 05 2012

Environment Southland yesterday approved $26,000 from its cruise ship fund for a Fiordland cleanup project.

A group of commercial fishermen, helicopter pilots and tourist operators and the Conservation Department have carried out cleanup work on the Fiordland coast since 2003.

The work was completed in 2006 but rubbish was again piling up, maritime manager Kevin O'Sullivan said in a report to the council.

The group had budgeted $116,000 for the project.

Work would take place between October 22 and 26 and cover the coastline from Woodhen Cove, in Breaksea Sound, to Port Craig.

In total, $90,000 in funding - in cash and kind - had been raised.

The group asked Environment Southland to cover the shortfall of $26,000 from the Marine Reserve Fee.

The fund is at $1.4 million and is expected to reach $1.64m at the end of the 2011-2012 financial year, the report says.

Each cruise ship that visits the region pays a marine fee to Environment Southland, which is used for coastal projects.

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