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Wandering albatross on South Georgia

Living with albatross: Bird Island human stars –...

Mon, 30/03/2020
We continue our conversation with Alex Dodds, one of British Antarctic Survey’s albatross field assistants based on the frontline of albatross conservation, Bird Island in South Georgia. You can read part one here, where Alex explained what it was like sharing your neighbourhood with albatrosses, penguins and seals!
The "looming-eyes buoy" is currently being trialled in Estonia © Andres Kalamees

This bizarre floating gadget could save seabirds...

Thu, 26/03/2020
Many seabirds meet their end accidentally tangled in fishing nets. In a brand new approach to this problem, our Partners are studying the way seabirds detect predators, in a bid to use the same techniques to keep them away from netting.
El Haouaria, Tunisia © Mehdi Ben Gharbia/ Flickr

Call for Proposals in Tunisia: making private...

Fri, 21/02/2020
On behalf of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, BirdLife announces a new small grant Call for Letters of Inquiry for projects focused on the future Marine Protected Area of Zembra and Zembretta
Fish Tales - Episode 2: Şevket from Turkey
Juvenile Wandering Albatross wearing tracking device on Bird Island, South Georgia © Alex Dodds

New study: are teen seabirds safe?

Wed, 05/02/2020
Seabirds have an exploratory adolescent phase, often looking for food in ocean areas quite different to breeding adults. A new collaborative BirdLife study warns that current seabird protection measures should not neglect such crucial stages of seabird development.
Aves Argentinas staff demonstrate bird-safe measures to fishermen © Albatross Task Force

Albatross Task Force in the Americas: working...

Wed, 29/01/2020
BirdLife's Albatross Task Force works with fishing crews on board their ships to introduce seabird-saving measures in focal countries. Here's an update of the programme's successes in the Americas.

EU Green Deal - good for climate, bad for...

Wed, 11/12/2019
Today, the European Commission announced their highly anticipated European Green Deal. The first of its kind in EU history, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has promised to deliver the Green deal in her first 100 days in office.

Fish Tales - Episode 1: Thomas from Cyprus

Tue, 05/11/2019
«My name is Thomas. I live in Cyprus. I am 63 years old, and I have been a fisherman for 36 years.» Being a fisher. Caring for nature.
Black-browed Albatrosses out at sea © Unsplash

The High Seas Treaty: taking marine conservation...

Thu, 24/10/2019
How do we agree on conservation laws in areas outside national jurisdiction? Carolina Hazin, our Global Marine Policy Coordinator, recently spoke up for marine life at a global meeting that will decide the future of conservation in international waters. Here, she recalls the experience, and explains what needs to happen next.

Shy by name, not by nature: Shy Albatross...

Tue, 22/10/2019
For centuries, this albatross's slow and measured approach to breeding worked just fine. But now, facing new human threats, will this become the 16th out of all 22 albatross species to be listed as globally threatened?

Tracking down threats

Wed, 14/08/2019
How tracking technology is improving our understanding of threats to seabirds

Obituary: Celso Rocha de Oliveira 1958-2019

Wed, 29/05/2019
A strong promoter of Hookpod trials and member of the Albatross Task Force in Brazil has passed away.

Seafood certification scheme needs to step up...

Mon, 18/02/2019
New report shows that Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainable seafood certification scheme needs to do more to tackle bycatch of threatened species in certified fisheries

Not just a drop in the ocean

Thu, 15/11/2018
This winter we have a critical chance to change EU policy to better our seas. Their health is essential to us as a source of food, income and employment, but also in providing ecosystem services such as coastal protection and carbon sequestration.
Northern Gannet

Victory! Oil drilling plans off Portuguese coast...

Tue, 13/11/2018
Petrol companies Galp and Eni have abandoned their plans to drill for oil and gas off the southwest coast of Portugal. This decision follows a hard-won victory for conservationists who fought the plan in court and are still grappling with legal costs.

Want to save seabirds? Follow them.

Tue, 06/11/2018
A new study used tracking data from 52 seabirds over 20 years to help scientists understand how to best protect them.
All photos © Albatross Task Force

Albatross Task Force leader wins major award with...

Thu, 01/11/2018
We interview the leader of the Albatross Task Force in Argentina, Leandro Tamini, who has won the Marsh Award for Marine Conservation Leadership, which recognises people or organisations having a profound impact on marine conservation.