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News global seabird programme

We need your vote to save the albatross

Fri, 22/03/2013
A new Albatross Task Force project needs your help to win the vote for one of this year’s European Outdoor Conservation Association awards.

Landmark move to protect albatrosses in the...

Wed, 05/12/2012
New measures agreed by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission will have benefits for seabirds

Marine conservation e-Atlas marks a breakthrough...

Mon, 15/10/2012
The e-Atlas covers 3,000 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and is the first global inventory of important sites for the conservation of migratory marine species

Beck’s pulls in at the petrel station

Tue, 12/06/2012
A BirdLife International survey in southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, has encountered the largest single aggregation of Critically Endangered Beck’s Petrel ever recorded.

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission moves to protect...

Thu, 26/04/2012
The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission has agreed to measures that, if appropriately implemented by tuna longline fishing vessels, will result in significant reductions in albatross mortality.

Measures to protect UK albatrosses get them off...

Sat, 19/11/2011
One third of the world’s albatrosses nest on the South Atlantic UK Overseas Territories: the Falkland Islands; South Georgia; and Tristan da Cunha. ICCAT manages all tuna and swordfish fisheries in the Atlantic outside territorial waters. These measures will significantly reduce the number of birds being killed.

Seabird scientists warn of flaws in New Zealand...

Thu, 23/06/2011
Fifty seabird biologists have written to New Zealand’s Fisheries Minister, concerned that the proposed framework for managing the incidental mortality of seabirds in New Zealand fisheries is flawed.

New children’s book raises profile of albatrosses

Tue, 14/06/2011
Illustrator, Bill Bolton has used the publication of his latest book to highlight the plight of the world’s albatrosses and help support BirdLife’s Global Seabird Programme.

Longline fisheries continue to drive albatross...

Wed, 08/06/2011
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.

Seabird Mitigation Research Update – The Hook Pod

Mon, 05/07/2010
BirdLife's Global Seabird Programme (GSP) is working with Fishtek to develop a ‘hook pod’ for pelagic longline fisheries that prevents seabirds from accessing baits before a pressure sensitive valve operates at a pre-determined depth to release baited hooks.