Red Flag Flying - Sailors take warning
New Caledonia's Province Sud passed a new regulation protecting rare and endangered sea birds when they are nesting on the lagoon islands.
If there is a red flag flying on the lagoon island, nobody is allowed to go ashore; you can't land your dinghy on the beach, wade ashore, or let your kids or mutt scamper around on the island harassing the birds.
A 90,000 CFP fine awaits those who are inconsiderate enough to violate the red flag warning.
On islands with no red flag flying mariners are not supposed to approach any nesting site closer than 40 meters, nor are they supposed to use fireworks, run electric gensets, allow any domestic animals ashore, or otherwise disturb the nesting birds.
The birds are only likely to be nesting during the months from October to March.
For more (in French) visit:http://loisirs.province-sud.nc/content/quand-je-vois-ce-m%C3%A2t-je-ne-d%C3%A9barque-pas