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Marine plastic debris affects over 44% of seabird species worldwide, including Albatrosses. Birds mistake plastic pollution for prey, feeding it to their young. The damage done can cause starvation and death.

Currently 15 of the 22 Albatross species are threatened with extinction. 


BirdLife is working to understand the areas of high risk for plastic pollution, so that we can work with nations to reduce it at the source.

Plastic, nylon, rubber and metal wire have been found in 29% of Black-browed Albatross. Studies estimate 98% of Laysan Albatross chicks are fed plastic pollution. Ingesting debris like this can cause malnutrition, starvation and death.

15 of the 22 Albatross species threatened with extinction, driven by manmade threats like plastic pollution. BirdLife is working to understand the areas of high risk for plastic pollution, so that we can work with nations to reduce it at the source.

125,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be generated during the festive period in the UK alone. You can prevent plastic pollution this Christmas by avoiding single use plastics.

It’s estimated 100,000 birds are killed as bycatch every year in fisheries. But BirdLife and our Partners are turning the tide by providing bycatch mitigation measures and putting pressure on industries to protect Albatrosses. With your support, species can be saved. In South Africa we have already succeeded in reducing Albatross deaths by 99% since 2006.

Donate today and turn the tide on Albatross extinction. 

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Currently 15 of the 22 Albatross species are threatened with extinction.

£ 20
could help fund bird scaring lines or weights for a fishing vessel
Bird-scaring lines in action in a Namibian longline fishery © John Paterson
£ 70
could help fund an instructor to train fishermen in bird saving techniques
£ 150
could contribute to our advocacy work, challenging industry and governments to protect seabirds

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