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  • Blog Post: Environmental awareness in Chilean coastal towns

    A long the coast of Chile there are often locally organised fairs intended to display the projects that are conducted in the region. These are popular with local university students and school children and represent a great opportunity to explain how the work of the Albatross Task Force is working with...
  • Blog Post: Amazing new invention from UK business ready to save the Albatross

    Globally, an albatross dies on a fishing hook every 5 minutes. Hookpod is a clever new invention that catches fish, not birds. Designed by Devon-based brothers Ben and Pete Kibel and trialled extensively by the RSPB Albatross Task Force on behalf of BirdLife International, it’s small in size, big...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring small scale gillnet fisheries in Peru

    The port of San José is a quiet village where everyone knows each other. Most of the people who live there are fishermen, so it is not surprising that everything revolves around fish. The fishermen in San José are divided into two groups, those who go out just for one day trips (called...
  • Blog Post: Chalaneros and Cortineros: at sea in Peru

    Fernando Valdez Ridoutt from ProDelphinus in Peru writes today's ATF blog: It is not easy to figure out everything Peruvian small-scale fishermen go through to get their catch from sea to market. I have been discovering this in the port of San José, first hand. I have been working hard...
  • Blog Post: The complexity of working with small-scale fisheries

    Today's blog is from Luis Cabezas, ATF team leader in Chile who explains some of the challenges faced this year with the small-scale fishing fleet in Chile. Amongst the challenges ATF Chile faced in 2013 was developing a preliminary understanding of how the artisanal or small scale fleet interacts...
  • Blog Post: Good fishing and Cape Gannets everywhere… Oh and the weather was fantastic too!

    It was mid-June, meaning the middle of winter and a mere week before the shortest day of the year. At this time of year the waters just off the Western Cape coast are brimming with seabirds and trawlers are followed by thousands of hungry birds squabbling over discards from the boats. The usual culprits...
  • 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: Mass seabird mortality events in central Chile

    The last few months have seen several reports in local and international press of dead birds on beaches of central Chile. Specifically, a mass mortality of sea birds was recorded in May on the shores of the town of Rocas de Santo Domingo . The first reports mentioned some 2,000 dead seabirds within four...
  • Blog Post: There and back again (A tale of the sea by Rodrigo Sant'Ana)

    More than five long years had passed since I was last in the austral Atlantic Ocean. Some of those years, spent in the arid Brazilian capital, had made these fifteen days aboard a longline vessel a learning experience of the real meaning of living at, and from the sea. The daily routines, the isolation...
  • 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: Working from Richard's Bay

    Hello Albatross supporters! A lot has happened since my last diary entry. As I mentioned in some of my previous entries the highest priority of the South African longline team for 2010 is to determine the effect using extra weight on fishing gear has on the catch rate of tuna and swordfish. We hope...
  • Blog Post: Captain, there’s a bird in my bunk!

    Two weeks ago, when the vessel was fishing close to the Isla de los Estados , something strange happened. After having observed the morning haul, I went back to my cabin for a wash before lunch and was startled to find a bird that we are not used to seeing way out on the open ocean. It had neither...
  • Blog Post: Experiencing extremes in the south west Atlantic!

    Hi everybody! Last month I returned from my last trip at-sea here in southern Brazil, on board a pelagic longliner. The cruise was amazing, and in addition to the success in obtaining data on our mitigation measure research, I experienced incredible and magic moments. The fishing area was the continental...
  • Blog Post: Seabirds attending the longline fishery in Peru

    ProDelphinus observer Sergio explains how he got on during his most recent trip from Mancora, in northern Peru: At 7 o'clock in the evening, on the way to Mancora a local friend Braulio introduced me Mr. Carlos "Cumbia" Castillo who would be my captain on this trip. He said to me he...
  • Blog Post: A new challenge for the ATF in Chile

    By contrast to the well-studied trawl fisheries, the level of interaction between seabirds and purse-seine fleets remains to be unknown. This type of fishery in Chile uses nets with a small mesh size and targets pelagic fish species at the surface of the water. The nets are set in a circle, forming the...
  • Blog Post: Testing at sea

    It's time to rock and find out how well we're doing. I am preparing to go onboard the very first Brazilian Albatross Task Force research vessel. The vessel is a normal fishing vessel with all its fishermen. However, it has also been booked by us to test their mitigation measures - both the...
  • Blog Post: Traces of albatross

    This blog was written by Elizabeth Campbell, of ProDelphinus, Peru. We were approached early one morning by a fisherman in Mancora. He was just back from a fishing trip targeting yellow fin tuna and hammerhead sharks. We started chatting about our work and he mentioned how he had seen albatrosses...
  • Blog Post: Line sink rate experiments on a Namibian longliner

    Working aboard a hake longliner in Namibia is a tough life for everyone aboard. The hours are long and gruelling. I would say longline crew are amongst the hardest working people in Namibia and always battling against difficult sea conditions. I have just spent the last two weeks on board to compare...
  • Blog Post: Do it yourself!

    During the last month I was at-sea aboard a wet fish trawl vessel - a kind of trawler that keeps the catch fresh on ice instead of processing and blast-freezing like the industrial trawlers. We sailed out of the port in Mar del Plata where I live in the north east of Argentina. The crew were already...
  • Blog Post: Being pushed to the limits

    Wow - I actually don't have words, mostly images. It was harrowing! Never have I pushed myself to such limits before. The extreme emotional and physical boundaries of being were reached over the past three weeks. I came to cracking point many times - 'rough' described all aspects of this...