Yellow nosed albatross in flight

You can help save albatrosses from extinction

  • 15 species

    of albatross are threatened with extinction
  • £5 a month

    could help save the lives of thousands of birds a year
  • A 99%

    drop in albatross deaths in South Africa

Albatrosses are dying for a meal

Albatrosses feed by picking up squid and small fish from near the surface of the water. They have a keen sense of smell and are attracted to fishing vessels by the discarded fish heads and guts that are thrown overboard. As they dive down for an easy meal, many are injured by ropes or other fishing equipment, often breaking their wings. Some try to take bait off hooks, only to get caught and dragged under the water. This issue is called 'bycatch' and thousands of albatrosses are dying like this every year. But it's a fixable problem.

Albatross caught on hook

Help save the albatross every month

£5

a month could help get an Albatross Task Force Instructor on-board a fishing vessel

£10

a month could help train fisheries observers to ensure seabird bycatch measures are working

£15

a month could help to make sure hard-won bycatch regulations are enforced

Protect the albatross

While unsafe fishing practices remain in place over nearby fishing grounds, this chick might never see her parents

While unsafe fishing practices remain in place over nearby fishing grounds, this chick might never see her parents

The Albatross Task Force

The Albatross Task Force was set up to help stop albatrosses and other seabirds dying as bycatch. Through working with governments and fishing fleets, they have transformed the fortunes of seabirds in South Africa and Namibia, and the lucky albatrosses that feed there are now safe. But albatrosses wander widely, and they are still in danger around South America and on the High Seas. The Albatross Task Force needs your help to make commercial fishing safe for all albatrosses, not just the lucky few.

Together we can save the albatross from extinction

A yellow-nosed albatross that fledges from Gough Island might fly west or east depending on the wind. If she goes towards South Africa, the work of the Albatross Task Force will help keep her safe. But if the wind carries her towards South America, she may not survive. You can help to change this by supporting the Albatross Task Force today!

Albatross chick

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Black browed albatross

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