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  • Blog Post: The Beached Bird Survey 2015 - get involved

    My colleagues in Northern Ireland this week made a call for the public to be aware of and report any beached seabirds - every bit of information is valuable to better understand the impacts on our breeding and non-breeding populations. Winter is traditionally the season when birds are washed up either...
  • Blog Post: Seabirds South West - little terns, Scilly seabirds and more...

    Hi all, Here’s the latest edition of 'Seabirds South West', with news on Chesil Beach’s little tern colony, thoughts on the protection of wintering birds along the south Cornwall coast and the latest on the Scilly seabird project. Definitely worth sharing more widely than just...
  • Blog Post: Namibia takes positive steps to reduce seabird mortality in hake fisheries

    Incidental bycatch in fisheries constitutes the major threat for many vulnerable populations of seabirds. Globally 300,000 seabirds are killed in longline and trawl fisheries where they are hooked and drown on baited hooks or are struck by trawl cables and dragged under water. Approximately 100,000 of...
  • Blog Post: Testing seabird bycatch mitigation: getting the facts right

    Of the 300,000 seabirds killed in longline and trawl fisheries each year, around 100,000 are albatross. This level of mortality is clearly not sustainable for these inspirational, but sadly imperilled seabirds, with 15 of the 22 species of albatross threatened with extinction. Birds are killed when...
  • 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: The RSPB at Filey Bay– building a local presence

    I'm really pleased to bring you a guest post by Vicky Brown, who has been based at Filey Bay in Yorkshire this summer for the RSPB, getting to know and working with the local netsmen. Vicky shares some of her experiences so far. Filey Bay is a small quaint fishing town off the East Coast of Yorkshire...
  • Blog Post: Pink-footed sheawater bycatch in Peru’s small-scale gillnet fishery

    Since 2013 Birdlife partners in Ecuador, Peru and Chile have been monitoring small-scale gillnet fleets for evidence of interactions (termed “bycatch”) with pink-footed shearwaters and other seabird species. In Peru there are tens of thousands of small-scale fishermen operating from over...
  • Blog Post: A long life after pollution: two guillemots' stories.

    Guest post by Jean Bradford MBE. Since 1983, Jean has run the South Devon Seabird Trust which specialises in the rescue, treatment and rehabilitation of oiled seabirds, particularly guillemots. Over the years there has been much comment on the survival rates of birds released into the wild following...
  • Blog Post: Workshop on gillnet and purse seine fisheries

    Each year an estimated 400,000 seabirds are killed in gillnet fisheries, while no estimates exist yet for purse seine fleets. Little attention has been given to purse seine fisheries as it was thought they had little impact on seabirds. Alarming new evidence is starting to change that perspective. ...
  • Blog Post: First English Marine Plans arrive

    I wonder if Bempton Cliff’s seabirds arriving for this year’s breeding season will notice anything different? The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) today releases the final marine plans for the East of England inshore and offshore areas, a total area of almost 60,000km 2 . This is a...
  • Blog Post: The great Baobab tree has fallen

    Today I just want to pay tribute to my lifelong hero and role model Tata Nelson Mandela. His death really struck a chord in my heart that was never struck before. I guess it is true what they say when they say ‘you never know what you have until it is gone’. His death has sturred up emotions...
  • Blog Post: The threat of rats and mice to the seabirds of our oceans

    Having spent close to three months on Nightingale and then Tristan da Cunha Islands last year I was struck by the incredible seabird diversity on the uninhabited and much smaller island of Nightingale. As many as 13 different seabird species breed on the 3 square kilometre volcanic island with a highest...
  • Blog Post: People, the ocean and a hard life in artisanal fisheries

    In nearly eight years the Albatross Task Force has published around 288 blogs in this community. These diaries have reflected part of the effort of our team from eight countries where the ATF is working for the conservation of our seabirds. These records, apart from letters and images are also leaving...
  • Blog Post: Trouble in Paradise

    Guest post by Matt Brierley, a wildlife filmmaker writing about his experience of creating Trouble in Paradise , the story of the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project. I don't know when you last had your life governed by lunar activity. (I’m presupposing there are no werewolves reading...
  • Blog Post: What’s the value of the marine environment?

    What’s the value of the marine environment? Putting a value on something that you can’t directly buy is always going to be tricky. What if i asked you to value your favourite view? Would the retail price of a framed picture to hang on your wall be about the right price? Probably not. The...
  • Blog Post: At-sea with the purse seine fleet in Peru

    This blog was written by Sergio Pingo Paiva for ProDelphinus. Going to sea on the north coast of Peru is always very exciting as with each trip comes many surprises. These waters are rich in biodiversity due to the influence of cold currents from the south and tropical currents from the north. ...
  • Blog Post: A winning picture

    BirdLife South Africa run an annual Oceans of Life photography competition, and the 2013 results are out! This year there are several species (or close relatives) that we'd recognise on our own shores - including gannets, puffins and kittiwakes. I can't copy the images here directly, but I...
  • Blog Post: Encouraging seabird conservation at school!

    A year ago I had one of the biggest surprises together with my daughter Gabriela . It was through this simple conversation that I really understood the ability that children have to absorb information, soaking up all the things that happen around them. Gabriela has been regularly exposed to the terms...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it

    Check out this fabulous blog post from our South Highlands Conservation Manager, Stuart Benn.
  • Blog Post: PIB - MCA investigation closes without success

    By Alec Taylor, Marine Policy Officer The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have announced that they have not been able to trace the ship, or ships, which released a form of polyisobutylene (or PIB) into the English Channel earlier this year, causing the deaths of more than 4000 seabirds , and...
  • Blog Post: Fishing in Filey Bay - Lessons in Reducing Gillnet Bycatch

    Filey is a small and proud fishing town, situated eight miles south of Scarborough in North Yorkshire. There has been some form of fishing here for hundreds of years, including a fisheries dispute in the 12 th Century between boats from Filey and Whitby, which had to be settled by none other than the...
  • Blog Post: The Orcadian seabird story

    RSPB Conservation Officer, Sarah Sankey, tells us about the challenges facing Orkney's seabird cities... The Orcadian seabird s tory Orkney was, until recently, famed for its seabird spectacles. Today, as I ascend the cliffs of Marwick Head reserve , instead of a growing sense of awe and excitement...
  • Blog Post: Albatross Task Force: Viewing the world through a different lens

    In the Albatross Task Force we have the opportunity to see the world through a different lens. We go to sea on commercial fishing vessels and observe how the marine ecosystem is impacted by industrial fisheries. We can spend anywhere from a few days to over two months at-sea on these floating fish factories...
  • Blog Post: STAR-spangled seas

    Emily Scragg, Research Assitant with the Seabird Tracking and Research team (STAR), gives the final update of the season... STAR- spangled seas This will be the last update from the STAR seabird tracking work, as we near the end of our fieldwork season. For a background to the project please see...
  • Blog Post: One seabird too many: the smaller ones also count

    I recently conducted a harbour visit at one of Cape Town’s most elegant and popular tourist attraction spots, Hout Bay harbour. Situated in the south-west of Cape Town and bordered by the amazing Table Mountain on the east, Hout Bay harbour has become very popular as a seaside resort to both local...