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Saving seabirds globally

Black-browed albatross

Image: Grahame Madge

Many seabird populations are rapidly declining and are threatened with extinction. They face a wide range of threats, both on land and at sea, including being killed as bycatch in longline and trawl fisheries, predation and habitat loss. Global solutions are needed to protect seabirds that spend much of their lives travelling vast distances across international waters.

In 1997, BirdLife International established the Global Seabird Programme to support BirdLife Partners to:

  • promote a shared approach to international action vital to stop seabird declines
  • campaign for the conservation of seabirds at national, regional and global levels
  • work directly with fishermen and other stakeholders to reduce seabird bycatch, and the other threats that seabird populations face

In response to the huge numbers of seabirds being killed accidentally in longline and trawl fisheries, the Global Seabird Programme launched the Save the Albatross Campaign in 2000.

Save the albatross

Tens of thousands of albatrosses are killed every year. We have a chance to stop this slaughter and save albatrosses from extinction. Can you help? More...

Save the albatross

Advocacy with fishery managers

Regional Fisheries Management Organisations are responsible for managing fish stocks, and have a duty to conserve all species associated, or affected, by their fisheries. More...

Advocacy with fishery managers

Marine Important Bird Areas

Identifying and creating marine Important Bird Areas is vital if we are to give greater protection to our seabirds, and better manage our oceans. More...

Marine Important Bird Areas

Global Procellariiform Tracking Database

The Global Procellariiform Tracking Database involves scientists from around the globe using tracking data from albatross and petrel populations to better understand where the conflict regions between seabirds and fisheries occur. More...

Global Procellariiform Tracking Database

Other Global Seabird Programme projects

Other projects that the Global Seabird Programme is involved with. More...

Other Global Seabird Programme projects

Become a Patron of the Albatross Task Force

Please see Become a Patron of the Albatross Task Force (MDNALB0022)

Buy a 'lifeline' for albatross

Help us equip fishermen with specially designed weights on their fishing lines to prevent albatrosses from being hooked and killed.

Keep an albatross off the hook!