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  • Blog Post: Seabird monitoring on Rathlin Island

    Lucy Quinn and Nick Richardson give us an update on seabird monitoring on Rathlin Island! Kittiwakes, fulmars, razorbills and much more... Seabird monitoring on Rathlin Island Hello from Team Rathlin! (*previously known as Team Great Saltee…) We are continuing from Team Colonsay’s...
  • Blog Post: Can't wait to get started

    Firstly I would like to say that I am very pleased to be part of such important team as the Albatross Task Force and very proud to be chosen among so many candidates. I felt very happy and enthusiastic to start my task in Itajaí port! I had the opportunity to go on the Brazilian Research Vessel...
  • Blog Post: A nice surprise

    Hake feed at night close to the surface and return to the bottom in the morning. As a result, lines are set in the early morning. As in the tuna longlining, the birds are getting caught while trying to seize the baits during the setting of the line, but also getting caught on hooks while feeding on...
  • Blog Post: Collaborative experiments in Uruguay

    I’m leaving for sea tomorrow on a tuna boat, hoping to have a good trip and that what I learn will be of use for the conservation of the seabirds we are working to protect. This trip is an experiment to investigate the efficiency of an under-water setting capsule to reduce, and possibly...
  • Blog Post: Patience is often rewarded

    During the later half of June it was off to sea again on the Irvin & Johnson wet-fish trawler, the Stevia. Once again I was looking at making the tori lines (bird scaring lines) work their best to prevent seabird deaths. Naturally, winter is the season when seabirds are most abundant in our waters...
  • 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: Longing for the big blue

    Hi albatross fans! It's been a long time since the last time I wrote. Too much 'dry land' business which confined me to my mother city. However, we had a visit from Ben Sullivan, manager of the Global Seabird Programme. It was really great to finally meet the guy who runs the show. Lots...
  • Blog Post: Getting the science out there

    The Albatross Task Force (ATF) not only aims to educate fishermen about the work we do and implement the solutions into tangible rules within the fishing industry, but we also aim to educate the public and other researchers within the realm of seabird bycatch. Once a team has implemented the best...