Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophrys, in flight Southern Ocean nr South Georgia

Friends of the Albatross

  • 68% Number of albatross species which are facing extinction
  • 10 years A decade of progress with the Albatross Task Force.
  • 50,000 The number of by-catch deaths we hope to eliminate each year

The albatross needs your help

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. 

Wandering albatross

The Albatross Task Force

The Albatross Task Force is 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!

How you can help

Your donation will be used to help fund the global campaign to save the albatross - helping pay for tori lines, up to the minute data recording equipment and sea safety gear such as water-proof suits, life vests and sea boots that will keep the men and women of the Task Force safe and able to do their job.

Please give a gift today and help save the albatross from extinction.

Wandering albatross, two birds displaying, Bird Island, South Georgia

A global partnership

 Black browed albatross Thalassarche melanophrys, West Point Island, Falklands.

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