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Yachting World|May 2021
GETTING INVOLVED IN THE HELICOPTER BOMBARDMENT OF A REMOTE ISLAND… ALL IN THE NAME OF A WAR AGAINST MICE

If you’re in the yacht charter business, there’s not much you won’t do to earn a crust. It’s a time to pull your finger out and adapt before the falling tide of marina fees, crew salaries, insurances and various expenses to keep things afloat pull you down to meet Davy Jones.

I love these projects that are so out of the ordinary I immediately buy into them without much logical thought, sorting out the details downstream. The RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), got wind that Pelagic Australis was stuck in Cape Town, which was fortuitous for both parties. Last March the RSPB had to abort their project to eradicate mice on Gough Island, a tiny volcanic outlier in the Tristan da Cunha group in the South Atlantic, when COVID locked things down.

The mice, having arrived 150 years ago with the sealers, have turned aggressively carnivorous and are devastating the sea bird population.

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