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Steller's Eider caught in a gillnet off Estonia. Photo: Markus Vetemaa

Great news for Pacific seabirds and marine mammals as Russia bans driftnet fishery

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 07:00

This is great news for a region which BirdLife recently highlighted as killing an estimated 140,000 seabirds each year. However, bycatch in gillnet fisheries is a huge global problem that we are not shying away from. Read on to find out more about this problem and how we are solving it.

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SEA ALERT

Mon, 06/07/2015 - 17:04

As millions of Europeans go to the beach (or dream about it) the seas are dying. Only 5,9% is protected and the Mediterranean is almost entirely overfished. This is not the time for less protection, it’s time for #naturealert

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Fighting the enemies of Europe’s natural world

Mon, 06/07/2015 - 15:13

“Timmermans and Juncker want to improve the Nature Directives? We have our doubts, but if that’s really true, here’s what they should be looking for...” Alistair Gammell, father of the Birds Directive, speaks out.

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Gulls, turtles and seals, three marine triumphs

Mon, 06/07/2015 - 14:30

The Nature Directives work when they are put to good use. Here's the proof...

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Seabirds and fishing gear - a conundrum

Mon, 06/07/2015 - 11:14

Seabirds can’t help but pursue fishing boats, with their bait and the promise of a tasty and easily caught meal. But they often get too close, accidentally getting hooked or entangled in fishing gear, and then helplessly drown.

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Why protected areas matter

Mon, 06/07/2015 - 10:59

An off limit beach isn’t there to offend it’s a special place that has been set aside for the conservation of some animal, plant, or habitat.

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Keeping an eye on Balearic Shearwater

Sat, 04/07/2015 - 06:46

We need to keep a more careful eye on the ‘Critically Endangered’ Balearic Shearwater or else we might notice too late that it’s gone forever…

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Exotic plants, invasive rats, and fishnets

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 15:21

Invasive rats and cats eating seabird eggs and chicks, accidental entanglement in fish gear, exotic plants changing island ecology…just some of the things SPEA (BirdLife Portugal) has been battling to try and save seabirds.

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Venturing into new territory, Africa and Asia

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:54

Newly industrialized nations are catching-up to ‘western’ standards: more money, more cars, more everything. With it comes a growing demand for cement and building materials, so BirdLife / HeidelbergCement have ventured into new partnership grounds...

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