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  • Blog Post: They also have the right to live

    Among the activities that we conduct as ATF instructors, working with the crew aboard fishing vessels is the most difficult to accurately quantify. We can identify a seabird to species or sub-species level, record the exact times of fishing operations, statistically demonstrate the efficiency of mitigation...
  • Blog Post: Cory's Shearwater: A pleasant visitor onboard a South African longliner

    Cory’s shearwater breed on islands in the Mediterranean and north-west Atlantic Ocean, after which they migrate down through the Atlantic and onto the western Indian Ocean. They are common summer visitors to southern Africa, especially off the western and southern coast, while more scarce off the...
  • Blog Post: Surviving worst practice

    Hi everybody. I thought twice before writing this diary, because we usually try to provide more positive information and show beautiful pictures of our work. However, our job is not always about happy endings; we also witness a lot of sad situations. In this instance I specifically refer to the albatrosses...
  • Blog Post: Getting involved in Peru

    This blog entry was written by: Andrew Johnson When the alarm goes off at 3am, you generally know that you are about to have a “different” sort of day. It was a quick cold shower and then out into the (very) early morning heat to take a motor-trike down to Mancora Port in Northern Peru...
  • Blog Post: Educating commercial and recreational fishermen to handle seabirds safely

    This month I thought it would be a good idea to follow on from one of my Brazilian colleague’s diaries which highlighted the poor attitude of some fishermen towards seabirds. His diary can be found here , as a reminder of the problem. I have only ever seen one or two birds with broken bills...
  • Blog Post: How artwork is helping save the albatross

    For over 30 years Bruce Pearson , a professional artist, has worked on a range of themes to convey his enthusiasm for wildlife and especially birds, giving a sense of wonder to the wild places they inhabit. More recently he has focused some of his time on developing creative links between art and conservation...
  • Blog Post: A life history that deserves respect

    Without doubt, the albatross are one of the groups of seabirds that need our greatest conservation effort. Commercial fisheries, through incidental capture, have generated a huge impact in many populations and almost all the species are currently in danger of extinction. As they spend the main part of...
  • Blog Post: Vote to secure vital funding for ATF Namibia

    The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is a group of companies, which provide grants to support the environment. This year our very own Albatross Task Force has been selected as a candidate to win over £20,000 of funding in the ‘nature’ category. The project was nominated...
  • Blog Post: Experiments aboard commercial longline vessels in Uruguay

    In my most recent trip to sea, we set off for a period of eleven days from the port of La Paloma, located on the east coast of Uruguay. We had already partaken in various trips on this vessel, and so the crew already knew us well and they were happy to collaborate with our work again. We now have a much...
  • Blog Post: Getting to grips with the coastal fleet

    At this time of year in the southern hemisphere you can enjoy a stroll along the harbour and, in the evening, watch the vessels gently roll in with their ice boxes full of fish as they arrive to the bustling activity of the port. Over the last week I’ve been dedicating my work to this peasant...
  • Blog Post: Hook Pod trials in Brazil

    Hi everybody, For sure, when you see this post I will be at sea, as I am setting off in an hour's time (18th June). I’m going to sea for the first of several fishing trips that have been arranged to evaluate the performance of the Hook Pod in the Brazilian pelagic longline fishery. The...
  • Blog Post: Scientific observers implement bird-scaring lines in Chilean pelagic longline fishery

    The Chilean National Plan of Action Seabirds states that bird-scaring lines must be used on all pelagic longline sets. However, despite good seabird conservation regulations for this fleet, many vessels still don’t use this mitigation measure. The Albatross Task Force has been working in collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Death of seabirds in Chile: The first step is to understand the problem with greater certainty

    Chile has great potential to be recognized as a "hotspot" for marine biodiversity, including seabirds that can be found in its waters. Thanks to a long and complex geography, Chile has water bodies in the Humboldt Current, ocean environments of Polynesia, as well as the far southern fjords...
  • Blog Post: Discussing seabird-fisheries interactions in Brazil

    Last month I attended a roundtable discussion on interactions between marine megafauna and fisheries. This was part of the III Academic Symposium of Marine Biology , which took place in Tramandaí, southern Brazil. The symposium was sponsored by the Academic Board of a Biological Sciences course...
  • Blog Post: Observer Training

    Hi everyone, I'm writing to explain about how I've been spending the last few months on an important activity for all Task Force teams - helping to train local fishery observers. I've been working with the local Fisheries Institute (Instituto de Fomento Pesquero, IFOP) to develop workshops...
  • Blog Post: Life and death of a Tristan Albatross

    The Albatross Task Force is working with the longline industry in South Africa, where recently we came across a very rare seabird in our waters – a Tristan Albatross, which was accidentally caught as we were conducting a routine trip onboard one of our local vessels. What makes this all the more...
  • Blog Post: ATF South Africa join cruise ship MSC Opera to raise awareness for seabird conservation

    Every year BirdLife South Africa gathers a congregation of very knowledgeable scientists and birders to discuss issues around bird conservation. This annual gathering has since been coined ‘FLOCK’ and it is BirdLife South Africa’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year, however was...
  • Blog Post: Our seabirds: a unique source of inspiration

    Arriving at night to the trawl fishing vessel, Bonn, I took began my first sea trip with ATF - Chile. The next day amongst the unforgettable roll of the sea, I immediately set to work as the fishing operation started, as demands our role as ATF Instructors. As I began I reflected that this work goes...
  • Blog Post: Shy-type albatross between the warps!

    I recently returned from a routine Albatross Task Force at-sea trip onboard a conventional wet fish trawl vessel in Argentina (fish are stored on ice, but not frozen like on the larger freezer vessels). The trip lasted a total of 16 days and fishing was concentrated around 300 km east of the Valdéz...
  • Blog Post: Open sea to the dry desert

    Richard's Bay Over the last eight months I’ve been working off Richard's Bay, in the east coast of South Africa, collecting more data for the Albatross Task Force (ATF) research project which is seeking to determine how adding weight to the fishing line effects the catch rates of...
  • Blog Post: ATF's contribution to Pink-footed shearwater conservation!

    Between the 24 th and 27 th January 2011, I had the opportunity to take part in a workshop organised by the Chilean Environment Ministry to evaluate conservation actions for the Pink-footed shearwater Puffinus creatopus under the mark of the Agreement for Environmental Cooperation between Chile...
  • Blog Post: Waste discards from fishing boats

    I’ve recently started working with the Task Force in Chile and I am delighted to have this opportunity as I know Chilean fisheries inside out and I believe that we really need to make a big effort to reduce seabird mortality, so it is great to be part of the ATF. I've been lucky enough to...
  • Blog Post: At-sea with the Itaipava fleet in Brazil

    After more than 30 days of delays and set-backs, the FV Salomão VI finally left the port of Santos, where Kleber Baraldo has been working with the ATF team in Brazil, run by local NGO Projeto Albatroz . The wooden-hulled vessel was about 45 feet (14 metres) long and typical of the Itaipava...
  • Blog Post: At sea, on land

    Hello to all albatross fans! We don't just speak to fishermen at sea. Most fishermen spend long periods of time at-sea and as there are only a few ATF instructors around, we try to meet them in between their trips. Albatross Task Force South Africa has for the last three years been conducting...
  • Blog Post: Responsible waste practices at-sea in Chile

    For many of us the recurring theme of the enormous accumulation of waste caused by human activities is a great concern. Through the ebb and flow of our daily lives, we discard large volumes of both solid and liquid waste products. Indeed, the current rate of consumption of biosphere resources means...