A FOX shoot will close Griffiths Island today in preparation for the seasonal arrival of muttonbirds.
At the request of Moyne Shire Council and Friends of Griffiths Island, Warrnambool Field and Game will undertake the culling at the Port Fairy reserve from 6am to 11am.
Council communications officer Timothy Marshall said the colony of shearwater seabirds would migrate to the island from Alaska over the next week to nest on land, leaving them susceptible to predators, including foxes.
“We don’t know how many foxes are there but it is a problem on the island,” he told The Standard.
“(Muttonbirds) get easily picked off by foxes.
“This is the best time to do it and most people who use the island understand foxes are a problem and we need to do something to deal with them.
“Council has to make a decision of when is the best time to close off the island and it is only closed for a short time.
“We won’t stop them but we can at least limit them to as little damage as possible.”
Mr Marshall said the last shoot on Griffiths Island took place in April.