News Seabirds

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

Irish charities urge visitors not to disturb nesting seabirds

Tue, 04/06/2013 - 14:29

Two of Ireland's leading conservation charities, BirdWatch Ireland (BirdLife Partner in Ireland) and the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT), are urging people to ensure that birds, their nests and eggs are not disturbed when visiting coastal and island bird colonies, which are among the most important areas in Europe for breeding seabirds.

Europe and Central Asia

Marine IBA inventory in Greece just published!

Fri, 31/05/2013 - 11:15

The Hellenic Ornithological Society (BirdLife Greece) has just published its national inventory of marine Important Bird Areas (IBAs) presented in the book Important Areas for Seabirds in Greece.

Europe and Central Asia

Landmark move to protect albatrosses in the Western and Central Pacific just announced

Wed, 05/12/2012 - 15:17

New measures agreed by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission will have benefits for seabirds

Pacific Marine - Pacific

EU plan launched to halt seabird killing in fisheries after decade-long campaign

Fri, 16/11/2012 - 14:19

On Friday 16 November, after a 12 year long campaign by BirdLife Europe, the European Commission has finally launched an EU Plan of Action to reduce seabird bycatch, the incidental deaths of seabirds ensnared in fishing gears.

Europe and Central Asia Seabirds and Marine

Forest & Bird calls for submissions on seabird by-catch

Sun, 11/11/2012 - 21:58

Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) urges people to have a say on a government plan to reduce the numbers of seabirds killed every year by the fishing industry. Recent estimates suggest that up to 40,000 seabirds die each year in New Zealand waters after getting caught in fishing nets or on fishing hooks...

Pacific New Zealand Marine - Pacific

Caribbean Seabird Tracking Pilot Study Gives Encouraging Results

Tue, 25/09/2012 - 18:16

Dog Island is an uninhabited offshore islet lying northwest of the Caribbean UK Overseas Territory (UKOT) of Anguilla, and is considered to be the second most important individual island for seabirds in the eastern Caribbean, despite being only about 200 ha in size.


IUCN WCC Day 5: Where are the most important places on earth for seabirds?

Mon, 10/09/2012 - 14:52

It’s Day 5 of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, the Republic of Korea.


Lord Howe Island to become rat-free

Mon, 13/08/2012 - 02:39

BirdLife Australia (BirdLife Partner) is delighted by arecent announcement to commit $AUS 9 million to eradicate rodents from Lord Howe Island. Lord Howe Island, a World Heritage Area and a globally significant Important Bird Area, is home to 182 bird species, three of which are endemic - making it one of Australia’s most important seabird islands...

Pacific Australia Invasive Alien Species - Pacific