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.