One Ocean Expeditions supports South Georgia Heritage Trust in world’s largest rodent eradication project
The One Ocean Foundation is closely aligned with the incredible conservation efforts targeted by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. South Georgia has the greatest concentration of seabirds on the planet. In collaboration with the South Georgia Heritage Trust, a charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of natural habitat, many bird species have been saved from extinction through the largest rat eradication program of its kind, with a 100% success rate.
In 2011, we transported a helicopter onboard our vessel to give the South Georgia Heritage Trust a successful platform to execute the rat eradication project.
One of the trickiest parts of the whole project was transporting 2 blade boxes, weighing 200kg each, to the ship.
The great work of our Operations Director, Aaron Lawton, was commended by the South Georgia Heritage Trust:
“Many people have contributed to the herculean task of getting the helicopters safely to South Georgia, but perhaps none more heroically than Aaron Lawton, One Ocean Expeditions Leader. Aaron volunteered to pick up our two blade boxes, each 5 metres long and weighing 200kg, and take them the length of Stanley Harbour. This task was judged too challenging for the large harbour launches, but Aaron somehow managed to get both of them on a single inflatable Zodiac boat and steer them in rough waters all the way to his ship. For his valour, Aaron was presented with a Team Rat sweatshirt to the applause of everyone aboard the vessel.”
The newly launched report is a fantastic statement of what passion to protect the wildlife can achieve. We at One Ocean Expeditions are proud to have been part of this prestigious project from the beginning.
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