News seabird

EU Seabird Bycatch Action Plan – Good intentions...

Thu, 10/06/2021

Bycatch is one of the most significant threats to seabirds globally.

A pair of Cape Verde Petrels on in Fogo Island, Cabo Verde © Jacob Gonzalez Solis

Get into a Cape Verde Petrel’s nest!

Wed, 28/04/2021
Watch live as a fluffy little Cape Verde Petrel chick grows up and lives in the safety of its nest until it flies away.
The Antipodean Albatross travels thousands of miles in search of food © Stephanie Borrelle

New tracking data pinpoints danger zones for...

Tue, 13/04/2021
Without action, the Antipodean Albatross could go extinct within our lifetimes. To prevent this tragedy, researchers satellite-tracked 63 albatrosses to discover where they encounter the highest accidental ‘bycatch’ in tuna fishing fleets. Find out how we’re working to make these danger zones safe.
The Waved Albatross' impressive wingspan helps is roam thousands of miles © Mike's Birds

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of time beyond national...

Wed, 03/03/2021
Scientists have found that albatrosses and large petrels spend 39% of their time on the high seas – areas of ocean where no single country has jurisdiction. How can we make sure these vital habitats don’t fall through the cracks?
Alvidas Kazlauskas © Julius Morkunas

Fish Tales – Episode 6: Alvidas and Viktoras...

Mon, 01/02/2021

Being a fisher and caring for nature in Lithuania

 
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Endangered) in courtship display © Ben Dilley

Namibian fishery reduces seabird deaths by 98%

Thu, 07/01/2021
After over a decade of work with the country’s fishing industry, the Albatross Task Force in Namibia are celebrating a major conservation success. A new paper shows that seabird deaths in the Namibian demersal longline fishery have been reduced by 98%, which equates to 22,000 birds saved every year.

Report: The use of the EMFF in Spain between 2014...

Wed, 25/11/2020

The current European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (2014-2020) pursues the objective of a

Protecting shearwaters on land and at sea: a...

Mon, 16/11/2020

LIFE PanPuffinus started September and this is welcome news for some of the mo

A courtship display between Tristan Albatrosses (Critically Endangered) © Andy Schofield

World’s remotest islands become one of largest...

Fri, 13/11/2020
Today, UK overseas territory Tristan da Cunha – a remote island chain in the South Atlantic – has been declared a Marine Protection Zone, safeguarding habitat for millions of seabirds, fish and mammals.
Tristan Albatrosses performing their courtship dance © Nick Holmes / RSPB

Why we’re celebrating the first ever World...

Fri, 19/06/2020
Today, BirdLife is delighted to be part of the first ever World Albatross Day. But why is it so important that we raise awareness of this group of birds? Find out what makes them special, the threats they face, and how you can help.
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.
© Yeslem Ould El Vally, IMROP

Saving Seabirds and Turtles dying from fishing...

Wed, 23/10/2019
In the choppy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, off the Guinean coast, a fishing vessel moves effortlessly in the expansive waters. At one end of the vessel, six fishermen work in pairs as they haul a heavy net containing a large shoal of fish on board. The net also holds an unexpected catch: a seabird
The Grey-headed Albatross is Endangered and declining by 5% a year on South Georgia © Stephanie Winnard

Nobody knows where juvenile Grey-headed...

Thu, 12/07/2018
Way too many youngsters were going missing after fledging. With no knowledge of where they fly to, it was much harder to halt their decline. Now, nine satellite-tagged juveniles have successfully left the nest. We can watch their journey – and so can you.
This Northern Gannet carrying plastic netting in its beak is part of a pervasive problem © Cor Fikkert

Can we really put an end to plastic waste?

Wed, 30/05/2018
Around the world, measures are being introduced to reduce the amount of plastic we manufacture and discard. While these efforts may be laudable, will they actually signal the end of plastic waste?
The Black-legged Kittiwake is a symptom of a greater problem for all Atlantic birds © Colum Clarke

Cliffs lying barren: why we can't afford to...

Thu, 14/12/2017
“Out of sight, out of mind” - the alarming decline of the Black-legged Kittiwake provides a painful lesson that The High Seas – open ocean outside national jurisdiction – need urgent protection. But hope is at hand with the proposal of a new Marine Protected Area.