The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will be using drones to conduct surveillance during the 2018 duck hunting season.
This is the first year the department has used drones to survey wetlands to monitor the behaviour of hunters and protesters, including at wetlands that are closed.
‘‘Using drones will be a great way for staff to efficiently survey large masses of land. It will mean we can put staff where they are needed and respond quickly to illegal activities,’’ DELWP operations manager Glenn Sharp said.
‘‘This is a trial to see if this type of surveillance provides increased efficiencies at large-scale events, such as duck hunting opening weekend and other recreational activities on public land.’’
■For more information on the 2018 duck hunting season, visit gma.vic.gov.au/research/ duck/arrangements-for-duck-season