What are seabirds?
Seabirds are not just part of the scenery, they are an integral part of the ocean ecosystem.
With marine ecosystems facing pressure from a wide range of human activities, seabirds have become the world’s most threatened bird group. In Europe, many majestic seabirds are severely threatened, notably Yelkouan Shearwater, Monteiro’s Storm petrel, and the Balearic Shearwater which, with little over 3,000 breeding pairs remaining, is Europe’s most threatened bird. BirdLife strives to mitigate adverse human impacts by ensuring that marine habitats are better protected, fisheries are managed sustainably and seabird bycatch is reduced.
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