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

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 15:06

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

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

Survey confirms Chinese Crested Terns in Indonesia

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 08:45

A survey team led by Burung Indonesia (BirdLife in Indonesia) and BirdLife’s Asia Division has confirmed a wintering site of the globally threatened Chinese Crested Tern in eastern Indonesia.

Asia China China Programme

Sea Alert 2015: The marine crisis continues

Tue, 15/12/2015 - 10:25

From overfishing to bycatch, invasive predators to pollution, seabirds are still under threat.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

No deal to protect the seas, EU wrangles over details

Tue, 15/12/2015 - 09:58

What we took from the sea this year: a look back at Europe's fishy marine dealings in 2015.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

BirdLife in Portugal publishes atlas of national seabirds

Tue, 17/11/2015 - 17:27

The book and its interactive online version feature 65 marine species, with detailed factsheets, maps and photos.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal Seabirds and Marine

The dark side of 'Star Wars'

Mon, 12/10/2015 - 06:00

Skellig Michael, a remote, rocky island off the Irish coast, is home to thousands of seabirds. What happens when it catches the attention of arguably the most famous film franchise in history?

Europe and Central Asia Ireland Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) - Europe and Central Asia

New protected areas announced for seabirds in Portugal

Thu, 08/10/2015 - 13:43

The designation of two new Special Protection Areas in Portugal has been approved by the country’s government, according to BirdLife’s Portuguese Partner SPEA.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal Seabirds and 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

Why protected areas matter

Mon, 06/07/2015 - 10:59

An off limit beach isn’t there to offend it’s a special place that has been set aside for the conservation of some animal, plant, or habitat.

Europe and Central Asia

Keeping an eye on Balearic Shearwater

Sat, 04/07/2015 - 06:46

We need to keep a more careful eye on the ‘Critically Endangered’ Balearic Shearwater or else we might notice too late that it’s gone forever…

Europe and Central Asia Spain

Exotic plants, invasive rats, and fishnets

Fri, 03/07/2015 - 15:21

Invasive rats and cats eating seabird eggs and chicks, accidental entanglement in fish gear, exotic plants changing island ecology…just some of the things SPEA (BirdLife Portugal) has been battling to try and save seabirds.

Europe and Central Asia Portugal

Troubled waters for our seabirds

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 16:03

Seabirds across Europe are in trouble and lines on maps will not bring them back alone. But effective management of protected areas can give them a fighting chance to claw, peck and soar their way back up the slippery slope…away from extinction.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

Natura 2000, a haven for seabirds in simmering seas

Fri, 26/06/2015 - 10:08

Our seas are becoming warmer and acidified, extreme weather events are whipping them into a turbulent frenzy. European seabirds are in trouble, but Natura 2000 may offer a much needed haven to help them cope with this onslaught.

Europe and Central Asia

Future oil production sites threaten seabirds off the shore of Senegal

Wed, 01/04/2015 - 12:43

The Alcyon project of BirdLife International, funded by the MAVA Foundation, supports the monitoring of colonial breeding species in West Africa in order to identify marine Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) and thus to improve protection of the region’s seabirds. BirdLife is collaborating with Veda Consultancy and other partners to conduct research into Royal Tern in this area

Africa Senegal

BirdLife Partners working across the Mediterranean to protect seabirds

Fri, 20/02/2015 - 15:07

Seabird and marine conservation experts are gathering this week in Hammamet, Tunisia to discuss the current knowledge of seabirds and the key threats they are facing.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

Plans to save the Near Threatened Cape Verde Shearwater

Tue, 20/01/2015 - 07:58

About 20 participants from Cape Verde , Senegal, South Africa, Spain and Portugal participated in a workshop in Mindelo, Cape Verde , from 1st to 4th December 2014, aiming to develop the Cape Verde Shearwater Species Action Plan.

Africa Cape Verde Marine - Africa

Restoration of a lost seabird community in Mauritius is gaining momentum

Mon, 27/01/2014 - 07:39

The Mauritian offshore islands, especially Round Island and Serpent Island, play an important role in supporting some of the largest breeding colonies of seabirds in the Indian Ocean.

Africa Mauritius Marine

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