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Albatross Task Force: 10 years of success

Albatross Task Force instructor Fabiano Peppes

Image: Grahame Madge

Fifteen out of 22 species of albatross are threatened with extinction. The main threat to albatrosses is death on a hook at the end of a fishing long-line.

Working closely with BirdLife International partners and other organisations in the Southern Ocean, we're working to stop the needless slaughter of these amazing birds and bring them back from the brink of extinction

This year we're celebrating 10 years of the Albatross Task Force - a team that's helping to save albatrosses from extinction both at sea and on land. They show fishing crews how to stop albatrosses from being killed and share the best techniques and tools.

The Task Force has developed simple and effective ways to keep albatrosses off the hook, including bird-scaring lines, weighted hook lines and setting fishing gear at night. They really work: for example, the number of albatrosses killed by the South African trawl fleet has dropped by 99 per cent! 

Next, we're looking forward to saving thousands of seabirds a year by making sure trawl and longline fleets are using albatross-friendly measures, plus using our experience to identify new ways of reducing the numbers of albatrosses and other seabirds killed in small-scale fisheries. 

Thank you for your support over the past 10 years!

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