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Saving seabirds globally

Black-browed albatross

Image: Grahame Madge

Many seabirds, particularly albatrosses and petrels, have undergone rapid population declines, making them the most threatened group of birds and leaving many species close to extinction.

These declines are often closely linked to the expansion of commercial fisheries in seabird feeding areas, combined with the impacts of invasive alien species at nesting colonies. Many seabird species range widely across the world’s oceans, so seabird conservation issues need to be addressed globally.

The RSPB hosts the BirdLife International Marine Programme, which works to address these declines following both top-down and bottom-up approaches. Influencing international policy is vital for securing conservation management for far-ranging seabirds – but working on practical solutions with fishermen and others is needed to find and implement the right management measures.

In response to the huge numbers of seabirds being killed accidentally in longline and trawl fisheries, the BirdLife International Marine 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

Tracking Ocean Wanderers Database

The Tracking Ocean Wanderers 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...

Tracking Ocean Wanderers Database

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!