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Cape Gannet populations have fallen by more than half in the past 50 years © Mark Anderson

The ultimate irony: Cape Gannets, famed for their...

Tue, 12/12/2017
The word “gannet” is synonymous with gluttony - but lack of food is becoming a serious problem for the Cape Gannet. This year it has been uplisted from Vulnerable to Endangered due to population declines driven by depleted fish stocks.
Wandering Albatross populations have halved in 35 years due to human activity © Steph Winnard

Plastic killed albatross chick on nest, bycatch a...

Mon, 11/12/2017
BBC documentary series Blue Planet 2 prompts Marine Conservationist and Photographer to explain why the tales of human impact are the scenes she won’t be forgetting, what else threatens the seabirds she's closest to, and what you can do in response to help

What is life like as a member of the Albatross...

Wed, 30/08/2017
Nahuel Chavez has worked with the Albatross Task Force since 2009 to save seabirds in fisheries off the coast of Argentina. It is estimated that around 13,500 black-browed albatross are killed in the trawl fleets every year.
Wandering Albatross © Prince Images

Towards seabird-safe fisheries, global efforts...

Thu, 29/06/2017
The RSPB and BirdLife International have produced a new publication that presents some of the remarkable efforts fisheries have made on a global scale to tackle seabird bycatch.
Wandering Albatross © Oli Prince

How we're saving the kings of the ocean

Thu, 22/06/2017
It has been another busy year for the Albatross Task Force, and our teams have made good progress in achieving their objectives towards reducing the bycatch of vulnerable seabirds in some of the world’s most deadly fisheries.
Seabirds such as the Wandering Albatross will benefit from the new measures © vladsilver/Shutterstock

Argentina approves measures to save seabirds

Thu, 23/03/2017
The use of measures to prevent seabird bycatch deaths has just been approved by the Argentinean government—a decision that will save the lives of thousands of seabirds.
Grandes aves marinas como el albatros errante se salvarán gracias a las nuevas medidas del gobierno argentino © vladsilver/Shutterstock

Una luz de esperanza para las aves marinas

Tue, 21/03/2017
Una nueva luz de esperanza se abrió la semana pasada para las grandes aves marinas cuando Argentina estableció el uso de medidas para evitar su muerte en pesquerías.
Cape Gannet © AGAMI/Marten van Dijl

Disentangling the cause of seabird deaths in...

Thu, 02/03/2017
Despite huge success in reducing the incidental catch of seabirds in fishing nets, there’s been reports that an old type of vessel used in South Africa is still posing serious threats to seabirds.
Struck by trawl cables at sea. Black-browed Albatross on Bird Island, South Georgia (Georgias del Sur) © Stephanie Winnard

Estimates are in: 25,000 seabirds die in southern...

Tue, 21/02/2017
Unsettling new seabird bycatch data from Chile and Argentina urges BirdLife's Albatross Task Force and fisheries observers to act immediately to get new rules enforced
Yellow-nosed Albatross © Ed Dunens

The man saving 30,000 seabirds

Tue, 15/11/2016
A real ‘high-seas hero’, Clemens coordinates the ATF in Namibia. His work has led to the government recently passing regulations to stop seabird bycatch.
Yellow-nosed Albatross © Brian Gratwicke

Training fishermen to prevent seabird deaths in...

Thu, 03/11/2016
Seabird bycatch could be drastically reduced due to the introduction of new legislation in Namibia. Here's how we will ensure the new law is fully enforced.
Almost 20,000 White-chinned Petrel are set to be saved thanks to new law passed by Namibian government © Stephanie Winnard

World’s worst fishery for bycatch turns ‘seabird...

Thu, 22/09/2016
New law passed in Namibia to protect 30,000 seabirds from death by trawling or longlining.
Shy Albatross © Albatross Task Force

High-seas heroes saving albatrosses from...

Wed, 08/06/2016
In 2004, 19 of the world’s 22 albatross species were threatened with extinction, due largely to commercial fishing practices. An international team of expert instructors has since spent a decade working with fishermen refining techniques to prevent these magnificent seabirds from needlessly dying behind fishing boats and has had great success!

Africa is leading the way on ending seabird...

Wed, 09/03/2016
But Europe still lags in preventing these accidental deaths. How can it learn from BirdLife’s Albatross Task Force?

Endangered seabirds to get United States boost?

Thu, 11/02/2016

Globally threatened seabirds have been given a boost by a proposed new law in the Unite

Gran Sol may have 'plenty of fish in the sea...

Thu, 01/10/2015
The area hosts about 50 fishing boats, so seabird bycatch is a worrying problem. Can SEO/BirdLife in Spain and BirdLife's Seabird Task Force find a solution?
Thanks to our work, tuna fishing vessels in the high seas are required to deploy measures to stop Albatrosses dying in this way. Photo: F Peppes / BirdLife Albatross Task Force

How to save albatrosses from bycatch - video

Thu, 27/08/2015
The instructional film clearly shows threats albatrosses and other seabirds are faced with, and how the crucial work of the BirdLife Marine Programme is teaching fishermen how to help save them!

Seabirds and fishing gear - a conundrum

Mon, 06/07/2015
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.