Egg collection on the island of Ambrym is now restricted, with a four-month annual taboo on egg collection in the northern and western parts of the island, and a five-year ban on egg collection in the southeast (2) (8), and workshops and community theatre continue to raise awareness of this threatened bird (2). Varying monitoring methods have also been tested and population data gathered in the hope that they will provide the basis for long-term monitoring of the species (8). On Espiritu Santo, hunting of the Vanuatu megapode is prohibited from July to March, and it occurs in the Vatthe (Big Bay) Conservation Area and Loru Rainforest Protected Area (2).
Proposed additional conservation measures for this species include conducting surveys on the islands from which there is a lack of up-to-date information, in order to gain a complete and accurate estimate of the bird’s population size (2), and ensuring that restricted egg collections remain enforced. Where restrictions are not yet in place, management plans should be created to ensure harvesting is sustainable (2).