News Marine IBAs

The Tristan Albatross flies vast distances in search of food, putting it at risk from international fishing fleets © Oli Yates

Tristan Albatross falling through gaps in...

Tue, 22/06/2021
With a new protected area and a campaign to remove invasive mice, there have been many recent advances in the conservation of this Critically Endangered albatross. But our work isn’t over yet. Discover the measures in place to safeguard the species – and the gaps that still need to be filled.
Researchers used drone technology, satellite imagery and good, old-fashioned counting © Christian Aslund

How a new network of Marine Protected Areas would...

Mon, 18/01/2021
Since explorers first set eyes on Antarctica over 200 years ago, human activity has been impacting its wildlife. A new study led by BirdLife pinpoints some of the most important sites for penguins in Antarctic waters, adding weight behind the proposal to instate a network of Marine Protected Areas.
European Storm-petrels regularly travel more than 200 kilometres to find food © Peter Steward

Paperclip-sized tracker reveals intrepid journey...

Thu, 26/11/2020
Mark Bolton, Principal Conservation Scientist at the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), explains how a satellite tag the size of a paperclip gave us important new insights into the life of the small but tough European Storm-petrel, and how these discoveries can help us protect it.
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.
Pied Oystercatchers at Coorong IBA, Australia © Tom Brinkworth / Shutterstock

The greatest threats facing Important Bird &...

Tue, 03/12/2019
The threats facing the world’s Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are complex and varied. But thanks to improvements and innovations in monitoring over the past 40 years, we have a clearer picture than ever of the main issues – and the IBAs most at risk.
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Novel study identifies key foraging areas of...

Thu, 17/10/2019
Our Marine science team came up with an innovative way of explaining the concept of marine Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas to BirdLife staff - by fitting them with GPS trackers on their lunch break.

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.
The rufa Red Knot is a sub-species of Red knot that migrates through the Americas © Hans Hillewaert

Red Knots plummet by 25% in a year in Tierra del...

Mon, 09/07/2018
For a while, it looked like they might actually be in recovery. But this year’s census of the American subspecies, the rufa Red Knot, found that numbers have plummeted to an all-time low. The likely cause? Food shortages in Delaware Bay, a crucial feeding stopover site on their migration.

HOS/BirdLife Greece navigates political shoals to...

Fri, 19/01/2018
An epic playground for seabirds, Mediterranean Monk Seals, marine turtles and cetaceans – and humans for time immemorial – just received a major boost from the Greek government.

Journey to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Fri, 11/08/2017
Marguerite Tarzia chronicles her crossing of the north Atlantic aboard the research vessel RRS Discovery!

OSPAR Wild - Protecting the Amazon of the Atlantic

Wed, 02/11/2016
Following rigorous and highly innovative scientific analysis, BirdLife has submitted a landmark proposal to OSPAR for a high seas Marine Protected Area (MPA)...

Running against the clock to save Europe’s most...

Mon, 02/05/2016
The Critically Endangered Balearic Shearwater could go extinct in a few decades if current threats go unchecked.

From reducing bycatch to protection beyond...

Mon, 11/01/2016
More protected areas and management plans are needed to save seabirds.

Into the deep unknown – scientists unveil the...

Mon, 15/10/2012
Safeguarding the world’s oceans is a global undertaking, and BirdLife has provided scientific data and policy support at COP11 in Hyderabad.

Spain opens the public process to designate 41...

Tue, 06/12/2011
The Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs has published a proposal designating 41 marine Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Spain.