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News Seabirds

Lord Howe Island to become rat-free

Mon, 13/08/2012
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...

SOP saving stranded seabirds

Fri, 27/07/2012
The Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie (SOP MANU - BirdLife in French Polynesia) has started a rescue program for grounded petrels and shearwaters attracted by lights on Tahiti. Following awareness raising activities by SOP MANU, the number of grounded Near Threatened Tahiti Petrel has risen from 10 to over 100 birds per annum. “This is thought to be the tip off the ice-berg, with the number of seabirds being attracted to bright lights at night is likely to be much higher”, said Lucie Faulquier from SOP MANU.

2-year Anniversary of BirdLife's Seabird...

Mon, 11/06/2012
On 9 June 2010, BirdLife Europe delivered to Commissioner Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and EU Fisheries, pledges of 23,000 European citizens who were concerned about the needless death of seabirds in EU waters as bycatch.

Protecting marine biodiversity on International...

Tue, 22/05/2012
Marine Biodiversity is the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity, celebrated today.

Experts meet in Montreal to 'talk...

Mon, 30/04/2012
Delegates from 193 countries are preparing recommendations for the next Convention on Biological Diversity Conference of Parties (COP) in October in India.

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.

Using technology to protect biodiversity

Fri, 13/04/2012
The BirdLife partners in France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK, are deploying unprecedented actions to protect the marine environment, through the project FAME (Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment, Interreg Programme 2010-2012). Amongst other, they have been tagging seabirds with mini-cameras, which recorded wonderful images.

Seabird species face extinction in remote UK...

Fri, 30/03/2012
They are more exotic than the gulls, gannets and terns of Britain's home coastlines, but many of the fascinating and charismatic species of birds on the remote shores of UK overseas territories are now close to extinction. In a report to the government, the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) warns 33 species of birds, including penguins, parrots and albatrosses, are now critically endangered across the remnants of the empire. And that means we have a duty to fulfil...

National assessment shows Australians must work...

Wed, 29/02/2012
A newly published study shows Australians must work with international partners if they are to save all of Australia’s birds.

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.

Save our Seabirds (SOS) Festival 2011

Fri, 04/11/2011
BirdLife South Africa's Save Our Seabirds Festival tackled the issues of overfishing, pollution and habitat loss.

Action needed to prevent environmental disaster...

Mon, 10/10/2011
Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) have said urgent action is needed to avoid an environmental disaster and to minimise seabird deaths as a result of the oil spill off the Bay of Plenty coast.

BirdLife speaks out on New Zealand seabird by-...

Thu, 08/09/2011
BirdLife International has joined forces with its New Zealand Partner Forest & Bird to remind their government there of its responsibilities towards reducing the toll of seabirds in the country’s fisheries...

NatureFiji-MareqetiViti on the high seas

Fri, 02/09/2011
Survey amongst the islands of Moala, Totoya and Matuku show their importance for seabirds...

Midway’s first Short-tailed Albatross chick...

Wed, 06/07/2011
The fledgling has taken flight from the first breeding record outside of Japanese Territories.

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.

Seabirds and rodents on Australia’s outlying...

Tue, 07/06/2011
Birds Australia has identified Macquarie Island as an IBA. Measures to reduce the number of introduced mammals on the island are crucial for seabird conservation...