In 2011 Genesis Energy announced a five year, $2.5 million partnership with DOC to implement the Whio Recovery Plan.
The plan's first aim was to secure by 2014 a minimum of 400 pairs, at eight secure sites in New Zealand, by controlling introduced predators and researching whio biology. The second aim was to recover and re-establish populations at a number of recovery sites, of which the Dart/Routeburn/Caples area is one. This led to translocation of twenty whio to the Routeburn, Rockburn and Beansburn.
The cost to bait all the river traps
The cost to maintain accurate predator data
The cost to complete an annual bird count on the rivers
The cost to check and reload all the river traps
The cost to check and reload one river trap for a year
The cost to check and reload ten river traps for a year