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  • Blog Post: I can move mountains and leap over oceans

    Today I am not going to brag about all the amazing and rare seabirds that I see (I see Wandering Albatross when I am at sea!) and all the whales, dolphins and sharks that I encountered on my journeys at sea. Today I want to share with you how conducting at-sea trials changed my perspective on life. I...
  • Blog Post: New trials to save albatross begin in the Argentina trawl fishery

    The status of the world’s seabirds has deteriorated rapidly over recent decades and several species and many populations are now threatened with extinction. Last information from BirdLife International’s data and assessment for the IUCN Red List reveals that seabirds are now more threatened...
  • Blog Post: Back on board with the demersal longline fleet in South Africa

    I recently headed down to Hout Bay, South Africa to join a demersal (bottom) longline fishing vessel in a fishery we have recently begun working with again to improve and update mitigation measures. Upon arrival to the harbour I found that the boat that I was supposed to join had already left port...
  • Blog Post: Maintaining perfect mitigation in South Africa

    On my most recent trip aboard a deep-sea trawler, the weather wasn’t as compassionate as the last one! One night my sleeping bag actually flew off me as we rocked and rolled on the sea like a cork in a bucket! You come up with creative and very unusual sleeping positions to steady yourself as the...
  • Blog Post: Reducing seabird mortality in Namibia

    In Namibia we are working to reduce seabird mortality in the longline and trawl fisheries. Together these two fisheries are responsible for the accidental mortality of around 30,000 seabirds per year, the majority of which are white-chinned petrels and yellow-nosed albatross. These alarming figures represent...
  • Blog Post: Greening the Future award for ATF South Africa

    The South African newspaper, the Mail & Guardian holds a prestigious, annual ‘Greening the Future’ awards ceremony in Johannesburg. This year the South African Albatross Task Force team was awarded top honours for our work introducing an innovative solution that has reduced albatross...
  • Blog Post: Albatross deaths down by 99% in local trawl fishery

    Conservation success stories are hard to find. Rarely are they the result of simple, elegant solutions that are truly win-win. Now BirdLife South Africa have demonstrated just such a good-news outcome. Accidental seabird deaths during fishing is the single greatest threat facing many seabird populations...
  • Blog Post: Bird Mitigation Plans: Assisting the South African trawl fleet to assess seabird bycatch risks

    An exciting and successful project has been underway in the South African deep-sea trawl fishery since 2011...it is known as the Bird Mitigation Plans (BMPs) project, which is based on a similar concept from New Zealand. Up until recently it has been run through the Responsible Fisheries Alliance and...
  • Blog Post: Small scale fisheries

    The definition of small-scale (sometimes referred to as artisanal) fisheries is not particularly clear and it differs from country to country. However, most fleets that are described as small-scale share some common characteristics: Small vessels, often of wooden or fibre-glass construction; ...
  • Blog Post: Positive progress in Namibia

    The last two mont hs have been quite hectic. The work has been great fun and really rewarding capped by a really good sea trip at the end of May. I continued with the tori line experiments that I have been doing for the last nine months. This work has proved to be really successful showing fishermen...
  • Blog Post: Caught on the haul

    Recently I returned from my first trip working with the Albatross Task Force aboard the pelagic longline vessel “Maria Letícia”, from Torquato Pontes Fish Company. This boat sailed under captain Celso, a very experienced captain who specializes in catching tunas. Captain Celso...
  • Blog Post: Three effective measures to prevent seabird bycatch

    I have just returned from another trip with Projeto Albatroz , this time with the 22 meter King of Tuna , where I enjoyed many new experiences at sea and also shared information with the crew about our wonderful seabirds. We left port Itajaí at 11:00 a.m with a full complement of nine crew...
  • Blog Post: Community centre helps save albatross in South Africa

    Each year thousands of seabirds are accidentally killed while foraging behind fishing vessels in the world’s oceans. Thanks to a device known as a bird scaring line, which is flown behind vessels to protect the danger areas, seabird bycatch has been reduced in some fisheries by up to 90%. Ocean...
  • Blog Post: We can't control the moon!

    The best practice suite of mitigation measures for pelagic longline fisheries is the combination of a bird-scaring line, appropriate line weighting and night setting. This combination protects the area where hooks are still close to the surface (bird-scaring line), sinks baited hooks rapidly out of the...
  • Blog Post: Seabird-fisheries interaction workshop in Argentina

    From the 30 th November to the 2 nd December 2010, the ATF in Argentina and the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata -CONICET organised the second intensive observer training course for Indentification and Recording of Seabird Interactions with Fisheries. The course was intended for fishery...
  • Blog Post: At-sea with friends at the end of the world!

    As an instructor with the Albatross Task Force in Argentina, I embarked for 45 days aboard a pelagic (mid-water) trawl vessel that targets whip-tailed hake, also known as "hoki" ( Macruronus magellanicus ). The ship sailed from the port city of Ushuaia - at the end of the world! On this...
  • 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: On-shore work in the lead-up to high fishing season

    Our fishing season normally starts in February of each year and runs through to December, spanning almost 10 months. For seabirds the highest priority months are from May through to September, when seabirds are more abundant in our waters. We have two major fisheries that contribute significantly...
  • 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: Somewhere in the south Indian ocean...

    By satellite phone I contact Oli Yates, ATF Coordinator to report on progress. I am somewhere in the south Indian Ocean having joined a reefer ship in Singapore. So far I've been at-sea for just over a week. My destination is a longline vessel fishing for Blue fin tuna in the Indian ocean. The task...
  • Blog Post: Making the best of a bad situation

    Unfortunately seabirds caught as byctach in pelagic longline fisheries are generally only brought onboard once they are already dead (they are hooked and drown during the set when lines sink into the water). In Uruguay birds killed at sea are returned to the laboratory for analysis. By doing so we can...
  • Blog Post: Community participation in Chile

    Apart from being at sea, one of the aspects of ATF work that interests me is improving our understanding of the social and cultural aspects of people’s behaviour toward biodiversity. A fundamental requirement for any conservation project is for the local community to understand the effect of...
  • Blog Post: 400th Day at sea

    During my last trip I continued experimenting with the Uruguayan ATF tori lines that we are developing, trying to obtain a greater set of results so we can be certain of what solutions to recommend to industry. This brought up a personal milestone, achieving my 400th day at sea! I started as a sailor...
  • Blog Post: ATF trial new line-weighting on Namibian longline vessel

    The FV Joao N Castro leaves port today and I will be going with her. Over the past couple of months I have been preparing for this important trip, which is the first of a series of at-sea experimental trials to test new line-weighting in the demersal (bottom) longline fishery here in Namibia. The...
  • Blog Post: Southern Brazil and Uruguay, a sea of similarities

    Last month I returned from my most recent trip, this time aboard on the FV Maria , the same longliner that I had worked with last winter. We spent 19 days at sea and conducted 15 longline sets. In order to minimize seabird interactions all these sets were performed with a tori line deployed and were...