Wandering albatross

Protecting the albatrosses on the high seas

  • 100,000 albatrosses killed due to fishing each year
  • 15 of 22 albatross species threatened with extinction
  • 99% decrease in albatross killed by South African trawl fleet
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South Georgia's albatrosses are in trouble

The UK Overseas Territory of South Georgia is home to globally significant numbers of albatross, which have sadly been declining rapidly since the 1970s. In the last 11 years alone we’ve lost 43% of the grey-headed albatrosses that once nested on the island. They are now classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

An estimated 100,000 albatrosses are killed worldwide every year due to fishing, many from South Georgia. The Government of South Georgia and the South Shetland Islands (GSGSSI) recognised this problem back in the mid-1990s and put measures in place which reduced deaths in its water to near zero.

Black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophrys, close up of head, Bird Island, South Georgia, South Atlantic

How your support is helping

Albatrosses have been tracked from South Georgia, helping us understand where they travel. Last year GSGSSI supported a project between the RSPB and the British Antarctic Survey to identify the overlap between South Georgia albatrosses and global fishing.

Thanks to the support of people like you, we have been able to start a two-year project to engage with countries identified as high risk, to improve uptake of seabird mitigation measures – and so, albatross survival rates.

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

With your help

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It's a huge undertaking but you're helping us climb the mountain.

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Thanks to you we're starting to win the fight against time.

Giving

Your donations are helping us give albatrosses a bright future.

What more can be done?

We’ll be visiting Taiwanese vessels in port to raise awareness of the issue and show them how bird-scaring lines can help prevent albatross deaths.

We’re also supporting tuna commissions to improve the effectiveness of current seabird regulations, and to ensure that compliance with the regulations is properly monitored. 

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

Help us go the extra mile

Thank you for your generous support, but 68% of albatross species are still facing extinction.

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With your support we should be able to eliminate 50,000 bycatch deaths each year.