News seabird bycatch

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.
Food shortages are sending the female Antipodean Albatross (Left) on longer, and more perilous, foraging trips © Kath Walker

Two males for every female: Antipodean Albatross...

Fri, 22/12/2017
Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines.
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.

The Bird Bulletin - vol. 14

Fri, 22/09/2017
Today's Bird Bulletin brings hard-won success stories from the Black Sea Coast and the North Sea.
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

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.
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.
The Curonian Lagoon. Photo: Julius Morkunas

Lithuania: A Baltic Sea holiday

Tue, 12/07/2016
If you've already island hopped through Greece, Spain and Italy, then why not head for the Baltic coast for a different sort of holiday?
Alton will now work in Chinese Taiwan to save seabirds from accidental death. © Ross Wanless

Training scientists to save seabirds

Mon, 06/06/2016
Meet Alton. He is tall, calm of character, and with a measured approach to work. He knows his fish and he knows his boats. And now he has become a seabird identification expert too – he works in Chinese Taiwan to teach fisheries observers to save seabirds from accidental death.

Running against the clock to save Europe’s most...

Mon, 02/05/2016
The Critically Endangered Balearic Shearwater could go extinct in a few decades if current threats go unchecked.

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?

Will 2016 see the end of the EU’s bycatch blues?

Tue, 09/02/2016
Policy reform and new funding were marred by weak fisheries management plans, but we’re still optimistic. Here’s why.

From reducing bycatch to protection beyond...

Mon, 11/01/2016
More protected areas and management plans are needed to save seabirds.

Sea Alert 2015: The marine crisis continues

Tue, 15/12/2015
From overfishing to bycatch, invasive predators to pollution, seabirds are still under threat.

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?

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.

How the Nordics can set precedence for fisheries...

Fri, 13/03/2015

EU decision makers are in the middle of a debate on how to manage Baltic commer