A survey of the entire 1,500 km coastline of the Marlborough Sounds between Sep – Dec 2006 located 9 king shag (Leucocarbo carunculatus
) breeding colonies, including 2 new colonies. The total population was estimated at 687 birds, a figure similar to the 10-year average estimated for the period 1992-2002. The 4 largest colonies supported 85% of all birds recorded. The total population appears stable compared to earlier surveys, but there was a tendency for some of the smaller breeding colonies to be occupied only temporarily.