Seabirds and Marine
We are changing the way the world’s fisheries operate, to reduce seabird mortality
We formed the Albatross Task Force, the world's first international team of instructors working with fishing fleets at sea.
With input from 40 BirdLife Partners, we produced the first global atlas of sites of importance for seabirds and other marine biodiversity, describing over 3000 sites in coastal waters and on the high seas.
Seabirds, particularly albatrosses and petrels, are becoming increasingly threatened and at a faster rate globally than any other group of birds. Many declines are closely linked to the expansion of commercial fisheries in seabird feeding areas, combined with the impacts of invasive alien species at nesting colonies. Many seabird species range widely across the world’s oceans, and so seabird conservation issues need to be addressed globally.
BirdLife International’s Global Seabird Conservation Programme began in 1997 to work on seabird conservation at a global level and engage relevant stakeholders regionally and internationally. The programme is developing and supporting initiatives to reduce the incidental mortality of seabirds by fisheries. A network of BirdLife Partners is influencing global and regional policies affecting seabirds.
More recently, BirdLife Partners have been engaged in mapping marine Important Bird Areas around coasts, in territorial waters and on the high seas, and the BirdLife Partnership is working with national governments and international bodies to create a network of marine Protected Areas.