In 1849 Charles Enderby leased the Auckland Islands to establish a whaling station there, but it was not a success and the settlement closed in 1852, the company being forced into liquidation (Riffenburgh 2007, 1:380-381).
Campbell Island was discovered by Frederick Hasselburgh in the Sydney-based Campbell & Company brig Perseverance in January 1810 while on a sealing expedition from the Auckland Islands. Hasselburgh put a sealing crew ashore to gather skins and oil before returning to Sydney via New Zealand.
Such has been his interaction with right whales off the coast of the Auckland Islands
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The largest group is the Auckland Islands (total landmass of 600 square kilometres, 465 kilometres south of Bluff), home to a great diversity of wildlife including whales, seals, penguins, albatross and many other bird species.
Five New Zealand sea lions have been captured so far this season in the squid fishery around the Auckland Islands. The season runs from the end of December to May-June.
The commercial southern squid trawl fishery (SQU6T) overlaps with the foraging range of sea lions that breed at the Auckland Islands, which can lead to the accidental capture of sea lions in fishing gear.
Introduced pigs and cats have devastated Auckland Islands native wildlife and plants.
Speaking at Forest and Birds 2018 Conference, the Minister committed $2 million over the next three years to complete planning, including field trials, towards making subantarctic Auckland Island predator free.
Offshore patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington, which was on a resupply mission in the Auckland Islands, was re-tasked on Saturday afternoon to evacuate a Department of Conservation (DOC) staff member following a request from Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand, Navy Captain Melissa Ross, the Acting Maritime Component Commander, said.
The Antipodes are about 900 kilometres northeast of the Auckland Islands and 850 kilometres southeast of Bluff.
The Department of Conservation is progressing plans to eradicate introduced predators on the Auckland Islands
in the Subantarctic, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.