News Marine Conservation

Not just a drop in the ocean

Thu, 15/11/2018
This winter we have a critical chance to change EU policy to better our seas. Their health is essential to us as a source of food, income and employment, but also in providing ecosystem services such as coastal protection and carbon sequestration.
Northern Gannet

Victory! Oil drilling plans off Portuguese coast...

Tue, 13/11/2018
Petrol companies Galp and Eni have abandoned their plans to drill for oil and gas off the southwest coast of Portugal. This decision follows a hard-won victory for conservationists who fought the plan in court and are still grappling with legal costs.

Want to save seabirds? Follow them.

Tue, 06/11/2018
A new study used tracking data from 52 seabirds over 20 years to help scientists understand how to best protect them.
All photos © Albatross Task Force

Albatross Task Force leader wins major award with...

Thu, 01/11/2018
We interview the leader of the Albatross Task Force in Argentina, Leandro Tamini, who has won the Marsh Award for Marine Conservation Leadership, which recognises people or organisations having a profound impact on marine conservation.
A purse seine vessel off the coast of Chile © Luis Cabezas

Going for Green: Chile purse seine project...

Tue, 18/09/2018
Modifying purse seine nets in Chile seems to offer a promising new way to reduce seabird bycatch. This year, the project has received prestigious recognition from the Latin American Green Awards.
Black-browed Albatross © Stephanie Winnard

7 amazing things the Albatross Task Force has...

Thu, 13/09/2018
For more than a decade, the Albatross Task Force has been striving to make fishing industries seabird-safe. Working with communities, governments and on board boats, it has become one of BirdLife’s most successful programmes. Here’s what it has achieved in the past year alone.
The Grey-headed Albatross is Endangered and declining by 5% a year on South Georgia © Stephanie Winnard

Nobody knows where juvenile Grey-headed...

Thu, 12/07/2018
Way too many youngsters were going missing after fledging. With no knowledge of where they fly to, it was much harder to halt their decline. Now, nine satellite-tagged juveniles have successfully left the nest. We can watch their journey – and so can you.

This month in science: albatross disease risk,...

Mon, 02/07/2018
We present the highlights of the latest issue of Bird Conservation International, our quarterly peer-reviewed journal promoting worldwide research and action for the conservation of birds and their habitats.

Spain, France and Italy - The three (not-so) Wise...

Thu, 28/06/2018

The western Mediterranean’s tremendous natural beauty is a marine marvel that fulfils m

This Northern Gannet carrying plastic netting in its beak is part of a pervasive problem © Cor Fikkert

Can we really put an end to plastic waste?

Wed, 30/05/2018
Around the world, measures are being introduced to reduce the amount of plastic we manufacture and discard. While these efforts may be laudable, will they actually signal the end of plastic waste?
Odysseus and the Sirens, Otto Greiner

A small rock holds back a great wave

Fri, 02/02/2018
In the editorial for our Europe & Central Asia newsletter, Ariel Brunner contemplates the 'Homeric' journey ahead through the political waters of 2018

#OceanAlert: Between the Devil and the deep blue...

Wed, 31/01/2018
BirdLife Europe is on high #OceanAlert: as a direct result of fishing, tens of thousands of threatened seabirds, turtles and marine mammals needlessly perish in European waters each year.

The Living Infinite

Wed, 16/08/2017
In the editorial of the special 'marine' edition of our Europe & Central Asia newsletter, Christopher Sands casts his eyes to the ocean.

Journey to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Fri, 11/08/2017
Marguerite Tarzia chronicles her crossing of the north Atlantic aboard the research vessel RRS Discovery!

Dire Straits - is Europe protecting its seabirds?

Wed, 07/06/2017
A new scientific paper, spearheaded by our Head of Conservation, Iván Ramírez, has been published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Marine Policy’.

Permission to come aboard Captain!

Tue, 13/12/2016
Bruna Campos & Marguerite Tarzia – Policy Officer and Conservation Officer in the BirdLife ECA Marine team – wish seabirds a safe flight over the perilous oceans.

World’s largest protected marine area to shelter...

Fri, 28/10/2016
BirdLife International welcomes the news that the pristine waters of Ross Sea, Antartica, will become the world’s largest protected marine area.

How the fishing sector and environmental NGOs...

Tue, 29/09/2015
The RSPB's Euan Dunn explains how it all began 20 years ago, when fishing became about more than just the fish.