News Albatross Task Force

Gran Sol may have 'plenty of fish in the sea', but its seabirds are declining

Thu, 01/10/2015 - 09:48

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?

Europe and Central Asia Spain Marine

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 - 11:57

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!

Worldwide Marine

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.

Europe and Central Asia Marine

Namibia on-board with BirdLife to end seabird bycatch in world’s worst fishery

Tue, 17/03/2015 - 14:22

“Namibia stands at the threshold of moving, in very short time, from being the worst country in the world for seabird bycatch, to the very best”, said Oliver Yates, BirdLife International’s Global Albatross Task Force Coordinator.

Africa Marine

Namibia takes positive steps to save 30,000 seabirds a year

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:09

Following a meeting with the BirdLife’s Albatross Task Force, The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Namibia has introduced new fishery regulations which should practically eliminate seabird mortality from one of the most destructive fisheries!

Worldwide Namibia Marine

Fishing fleets in Argentina agree to use devices to stop albatross deaths

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 15:03

More great news for the Albatross Task Force - this time from Argentina where a major fishery will potentially save the lives of thousands of albatross by using bird-scaring lines on their trawler fleet.

Americas Argentina Marine

Saving seabirds, empowering women: the Albatross Task Force gains momentum

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 09:53

In Namibia, a huge positive shift in momentum for seabird conservation - which also means great news for local Namibian women - all due to the Albatross Task Force.

Worldwide Namibia Local Empowerment

High-seas heroes recognised for their success!

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 08:28

Our Albatross Task Force (ATF) in South Africa has reduced the death of albatrosses in local fisheries by more than 90% and is receiving well-deserved attention.

Worldwide South Africa Marine

Hopes soar for threatened albatrosses as Prince Charles hears of global conservation success

Tue, 13/05/2014 - 11:24

Later today at a special event at Fishmonger’s Hall in London, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, will hear of the success of a collaboration that is saving the lives of 99% of the globally threatened albatrosses which would otherwise have ac

Worldwide Marine

Chatham Albatross benefits from the work of the Albatross Task Force (Brent Stephenson; worldsrarestbirds,com)

BirdLife’s Albatross Task Force trains Korean fisheries observers

Mon, 18/03/2013 - 13:34

The BirdLife Global seabird programme has made significant progress with the East Asian fishing fleets resulting in the training of Korean fisheries observers

Asia South Korea Seabirds and Marine - Asia

Black-browed Albatross shows population increase

Tue, 24/07/2012 - 08:05

A new report indicates a healthy increase in the numbers of Black-browed Albatrosses breeding in the Falkland Islands.

Europe and Central Asia Marine

Longline fisheries continue to drive albatross declines

Wed, 08/06/2011 - 04:08

A new study reveals that, despite efforts to reduce seabird deaths, upwards of 300,000 birds are still being killed every year by longline fisheries.


Positive results for the conservation of albatross and petrels in the pelagic longline fleet in Uruguay

Wed, 29/12/2010 - 18:09

Last month I returned from sea after two back-to-back trips where I tested the efficiency of mitigation measures in reducing seabird mortality on longline hooks.

Americas Uruguay Marine

Saving seabirds in Ecuador

Mon, 13/12/2010 - 14:18

Early indications suggest that the artisanal demersal longline fishery, operating from small open out-board boats in South Ecuador, has a negative impact on seabirds, specifically the Critically Endangered Waved Albatross...


Sinking a few in Chile with Albatross Task Force Instructor Luis Cabezas

Wed, 27/10/2010 - 08:32

Between the 4th August and 2nd September two ATF Chile instructors (including myself!) took to the high seas onboard a Chilean pelagic longline vessel that fishes for swordfish. What was our mission? What was our objective?

Americas Chile

Albatross Task Force Diaries – Juliano Cesar in Brazil

Thu, 14/10/2010 - 08:54

I’ve finally arrived back in the port of Itajaí following my first trip on a fishing vessel as part of the Albatross Task Force team in Brazil...

Americas Brazil Marine

How artwork is helping save the albatross - by Meidad Goren

Thu, 07/10/2010 - 08:42

For over 30 years Bruce Pearson, a professional artist, has worked on a range of themes to convey his enthusiasm for wildlife and especially birds, giving a sense of wonder to the wild places they inhabit. More recently he has focused some of his time on developing creative links between art and conservation as a contribution towards a wider effort by an informal grouping of artists, writers, musicians, poets and others inspired by the natural world.

Africa South Africa Marine

Conservation gets personal - BirdLife's August 2010 Round Up

Wed, 01/09/2010 - 16:21

“Conservation is all about what each of us can do personally to help”, said Richard Grimmett - BirdLife’s Assistant Director of Conservation - last month.